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COLORADO D ADAM DEADMARSH
CBS SportsLine Chat Transcript February 26, 1999
Deadmarsh helped lead
the Avalanche to its four game sweep over Florida to win the 1996 Stanley
The Colorado Avalanche are enjoying a season in which they have a comfortable
lead in their division and are playing some of their best hockey in the
second half of the year. Right-winger Adam Deadmarsh stopped by to talk
with CBS SportsLine fans on Friday, Feb. 26 and gave his thoughts on the
Avs recent streaky play. Deadmarsh is on pace for his fourth straight
20-goal season as he is third on the club with 16 goals and fourth with
35 points. Deadmarsh's best season came after the Avalanche won the Stanley
Cup in 1996, when he finished the 1996-97 season with 33 goals and 60
points. Adam was a member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, the 1996
World Cup Championship team and has been a three-time member of the U.S.
National Junior Team between 1993-95. Find out what Adam had to say in
the full transcript of his chat below.
Hey everyone -- I'm ready to go. Fire away with questions.
Question: Have you
always wanted to be a pro hockey player?
Adam Deadmarsh: Yes. I always dreamed of it as a kid. A lot of kids
I grew up with had the same dream, I'm very fortunate.
Question: How do you
think the team is playing as a whole?
Adam Deadmarsh: We've been playing pretty average, good in streaks,
bad in streaks. If you want to compete for the Cup, you have to play
solid hockey all the time. That's what we have to work on.
Question: Adam, do you think its necessary to have at least two "superstars"
on a line to be a successful team, such as Lindros and LeClair, or Forsberg
and Sakic, or even Yzerman and Federov?
Adam Deadmarsh: I don't think it's a necessity. But it definitely makes
it exciting, and helps the team if you can do that.
Question: Adam, how hard was it to adjust to Bob Hartley's style
as opposed to Marc Crawford's?
Adam Deadmarsh: It wasn't too tough. They're both intense coaches that
demand a lot from their players. Everything else falls into place. It
was an easy adjustment.
Question: Adam-, ow do you feel about the early season Jones-Podein
Adam Deadmarsh: Sometimes you make trades in the business, sometimes
it benefits your team, sometimes it doesn't. We got a great player in
Podein, but I think both teams are happy.
Question: Was winning the Stanley Cup over the Panthers your best
moment in the NHL?
Adam Deadmarsh: That was the best moment of my life probably. I don't
think I can find anything that can top that.
Question: Adam, do you prefer playing center or right wing?
Adam Deadmarsh: I don't know if I like it more or less. It's just an
adjustment I've had to make. Center is a fun challenge, but I also like
to play wing.
Question: What is the most memorable goal you've ever scored?
Adam Deadmarsh: Probably my first goal. That's my fondest goal scoring
Question: Adam, did hockey come easy to you?
Adam Deadmarsh: Yeah, because I had fun playing it. I was never the
best player on the ice, I just always loved to play. Every time I got
a chance, it was always a lot of fun.
Question: Adam, you've played for Quebec/Colorado your entire professional
career. It is possible to imagine playing for another organization?
Adam Deadmarsh: I haven't really thought about it. Someday that may
happen, but right now my focus is here in Colorado.
Question: Who do the Avalanche feel is the best team in the East?
Do you get up for playing Philly more, or a team like Buffalo or N.J.?
Adam Deadmarsh: There's a lot of good teams in the East. Ottawa,
Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and N.J. have really showed promise. I try
to prepare for each game the same way.
Question: Adam, what was going right for you guys during that long
Adam Deadmarsh: Everyone was working hard, and working together. And
the pucks were just going in for us. It just happened to last for a
long time. It was fun.
Question: Adam, who was the biggest influence in your life?
Adam Deadmarsh: My parents. They've always stood behind me in anything
I've wanted to do. It was always easy to make decisions because I knew
they'd support me.
Question: Among Americans only, do you think you're in the top five
Adam Deadmarsh: LeClair, Leech,... Richter and Beezer among goalies
are some of the best. Back to the goalies, I think we've got the best
in the league. And Tkachuk, definitely.
Question: Didn't you have a cousin that played in the NHL? Did he
help you in your desire to play professionally?
Adam Deadmarsh: Yeah, his name was Butch Deadmarsh. But I wasn't in
too much contact with him growing up.
Question: Do you think Jaromir Jagr is the best player in the NHL
Adam Deadmarsh: He's definitely top 3. Whenever he's on the ice, he's
tough to stop, that's for sure.
Question: Who was your favorite team as a kid?
Adam Deadmarsh: The Oilers. I was a big Gretzky fan. All those guys
were my heroes growing up.
Question: Adam, you have your most PIM's against your Northwest rivals
- do you play more intensely during those games?
Adam Deadmarsh: I don't know. Ha ha. I don't know why it works out that
way. The Northwest teams have the biggest, toughest squads, that's for
Question: Adam, I have really enjoyed your rivalry with the Oilers
the past couple of years, who do the Av's feel is the biggest rival?
Adam Deadmarsh: The Oilers are a good rival. Detroit has always been
a good battle, and we have some pretty good games with Dallas now.
Question: What is the toughest arena to play in?
Adam Deadmarsh: I don't know. There's a lot of tough buildings. New
Jersey is tough, Philly is tough.
Question: Did the Pens impress you last night?
Adam Deadmarsh: Yeah, they did. They have four lines that can all play,
and solid defense. I think that's going to help them very much in the
Question: What is the most memorable fight you've ever been involved
Adam Deadmarsh: My first fight -- I lost in about one second! The headache
Question: Who did you scrap?
Adam Deadmarsh: Paluso.
Question: What do you do in your spare time?
Adam Deadmarsh: I love to golf, and I love to fish and hunt too.
Question: Adam, why don't you respect the Sabres?
Adam Deadmarsh: I do respect them. They have a young team that works
really hard. And great goaltending. They're going to be a great competitor.
Question: The Avs are 12-12-4 at home as opposed to 17-10-4. What
could be the reason for that?
Adam Deadmarsh: That's a question we've all asked ourselves. It's been
frustrating for us. We're going to have to get more focused and turn
Question: Could you please comment on the contribution of the two
rooks, Hejduk and Drury?
Adam Deadmarsh: Erik, they've been great. They've brought a lot of depth
to our team, something I think we were missing from last year.
Question: Adam, what was it like changing from Quebec to Colorado?
Adam Deadmarsh: It was a pretty easy adjustment. I was only in Quebec
for half a year. I hadn't set any roots yet.
Question: Do you know when Roy will be back?
Adam Deadmarsh: I don't know, but he's feeling better, and he practiced
today, so it shouldn't be long.
Adam Deadmarsh: Thanks everyone, I have to run. It was fun.