These are the type of questions that the local newspaper probably isn't ever going to ask. These are more of the "getting to know you" type of questions that might not be as "hard hitting" as what you'd see in the paper.
Please let me know if these types of articles are something you are interested in as a reader. If so, maybe we can do the same thing during the season with players on the team, and the other coaches.
1. What is your first hockey memory growing up?
C.H. - Growing up the way I did, I have so many fond memories early. I think certainly the one that sticks out the most is being able to have my own rink in our backyard on Neil Lake in Minnesota. My dad would go out and shovel it off and I was able to skate around by myself for hours.
2. What was the last book you read?
C.H. - I am guilty of starting books and stopping them halfway through if I find something I am more interested in reading. But the last book I read cover to cover was, "For One More Day" by Mitch Albom. And it is certainly something I think about a lot after the passing of my grandfather 5 years ago, and how I would spend one more day with him.
3. Who are some of your closest hockey friend(s)?
C.H. - I have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great people in my lifetime of involvement in this sport. And certainly a lot of great friendships built beyond sports. If you are looking for name guys and such you might be a little disappointed, haha. Jay Varaday (Sioux City head coach), Alex Brooks (scout for the Chicago Blackhawks), Steve Kariya (retired), Mike Stuart (teammate at Colorado College) Scott Polaski (retired). Like I said, no huge name but lifelong friends who I can call at the drop of a hat.
4. Three favorite athletes you like to follow, and why.
C.H. - There are a lot of athletes I admire just because I know how hard it takes to get to that point and continue to be there best day in and day out. The first for me is Peyton Manning- at his age and what he has accomplished is amazing to me, his preparation is unbelievable and his knowledge and understanding of the position blow me away. Tim Duncan- he is the epitome of how the be a pro, goes about his business quietly and consistently and does not need the accolades to know he gets the job done. Ryan Murray – Although Ryan just finished his first year in the NHL, his work habits on and off the ice and the person he is make me really admire him. He is extremely talented yet extremely humble. The things you love about hockey players.
5. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
C.H. - Always a tough question, the first one is easy. My grandfather George Hill. He passed away just over 5 years ago and was my biggest fan when I played and would love to hear about everything that has happened in my life since he passed away. The second one is another easy one, my wife. I am very fortunate to have supportive woman in my life who is going through the ups and downs and long moves with me and she always deserves a nice meal! The third is a little out of left field but Eddie Vedder. I am huge Pearl Jam fan and would love to hear him talk about his career and the transitions he had made throughout the years with his different music collaborations.
6. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it be?
C.H. - First off I could never imagine doing anything else. I truly love my job and everything it entails, but if I was to choose another profession I would probably be a teacher or something else in social services. I love to teach and improve people, on the ice or off it. To me it is the most rewarding part of any job, so teaching would allow me to get that fix.
7. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
C.H. - Certainly my father Craig is someone I look up to a great deal and someone I am able to bounce ideas off of. My mother Peggy, as well. She pretty much raised my sister and I by herself during the hockey season, so the person you see today has a lot to do with her.
8. What are some personality qualities you most admire?
C.H. - Selflessness, loyal, passionate, hardworking, ambitious
9. You're alone on an island in the middle of the ocean. You can bring one music CD, one book, and one movie to entertain yourself. What would they be?
C.H. - I am going to cheat a little bit on the CD. I would have mix of Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Sublime and Zac Brown Band. For the book, something by Bear Grylls. I will need survival techniques because I would have no idea what I would be doing out there. As for the movie, pretty much anything with Chevy Chase in it from the 80’s. Great stretch of movies that include, Fletch, Caddyshack, Family Vacation, Funny Farm, Christmas Vacation and Fletch Lives.
10. What is one of your favorite quotes?
C.H. - I was raised on this one: "Good things happen to those that work hard."
Thanks again to Chris Hartsburg for helping out with this article. It is much appreciated!