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Continued: Q&A with C.J.: Zenon Konopka, Wild yet cuddly NHL enforcer

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 17, 2013 - 6:09 AM

Q What do you read?

A Not much. The newspaper.

 

Q Is Hoppy aware of what a big celebrity he has become?

A Oh yes, sometimes it gets to his head. I have to ground him once in a while and tell him that he’s not bigger than the world, but he loves being the center of attention.

 

Q What’s your most expensive possession that Hoppy has chewed or destroyed?

A Oooh, probably about 5 grand worth of clothes. I kept finding little holes in my suits and everything else. Then we figured out Hoppy was taking a bite out of everything.

 

Q Does Hoppy sleep with you?

A Not anymore. We try to let him have his own room. He’s turning 8, so it’s about that time. [A few days later Hoppy got to sleep with his master, who was celebrating scoring his first goal, according to Twitter.]

 

Q I don’t imagine you serve Hoppy wine.

A No. He’s 7½ years old. Once he turns 21, maybe.

 

Interviews are not edited for furry cuteness. C.J. can be reached at cj@startribune.com and seen on Fox 9’s “Buzz.”



 

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