Q: What’s the most ruthless remark another boy made about you choosing ice dancing over hockey?
A: You know, by the time I had to make a choice I was pretty successful in both and very fortunate to only be surrounded by people who were supportive. I know, it’s a different situation for everyone. I’m very lucky. No one gave me a hard time. All my teammates were appreciative I would make good contributions to the team. And they were fans of my figure skating and recognized how much that helped me as a hockey player.
Q: So you never had to send a message, with a look or another expression, to a prospective tormentor to let him know you would NOT be above leaving a few blade marks on his behind?
A: [Laughs] No, I haven’t had to, fortunately.
Q: You seem so affable, but everybody gets grumpy. When are you?
A: Usually if I haven’t eaten in too long. My girlfriend’s pretty smart. She usually keeps some kind of food on her at all times. When I go quiet she [thinks] ‘Uh-oh, gotta get him some food to keep him happy.’
Q: How much does Meryl weigh and what is your weight?
A: I don’t know. I don’t ask her. She doesn’t weigh much. Just the right amount for us to do some of the tricks we do.
Q: Well, how much do you weigh, because to my failing eyes you look about the same size as your partner on TV.
A: I weigh about 160 and she is quite petite. She’s a very small girl.
Q: Have you warned Meryl that despite the gifts for flirting exhibited by her TV dancing partner, Maks Chmerkovskiy, he is about as good a prospect for a long-term relationship as Joe Namath before he met Deborah Mays?
A: [Extended laughter] No. No, I think she would look at me really funny if I tried to tell her that. We’re just enjoying how affable he is, you know. He’s got a biting wit that comes across on the show but he’s also kind of a big bear. He’s very caring and I’m appreciative of that as Meryl’s main partner. [Laughter]