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Wednesday, 08.8.2012 / 10:01 AM PT
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady

New Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray could hardly have been more gracious, personable and -- no other way to put it -- chatty during his live chat with fans we held this afternoon. He made it clear early on that no question was off limits, and he talked plentifully about how much he was looking forward to the Ducks and what he could bring with the team. Meanwhile, he delved into his off-the-ice side when he talked about what he's been doing this summer, his favorite TV shows and movies, and even his year-and-a-half-long relationship with WWE superstar Kelly Kelly.

A few highlights:

On why he chose Anaheim
One of the reasons was that they are really close to being back to a playoff team. They're closer than people give them credit for. Another reason was that I know a couple guys on the team, Saku being one of them, and I know his commitment to winning a Stanley Cup. I talked to him before free agency began about the Ducks and what went wrong last year. I felt that I could probably come in and help out, be a piece of the puzzle moving forward and get this team over the hump. Third reason, is I'm close to my family over here. My young daughters are here and I can be a part of their lives on a more consistent basis. All of that is important to me.

On who he's looking forward to playing with
I'm excited to get back and play with Saku. I played with him for 7 years in Montreal, and I'm a huge fan of his. His story is pretty well-documented and he's been an inspiration to so many people. I'm looking forward to getting back and playing with him. I'm also looking forward to getting on the other side and not having to defend Perry and Getzlaf. That will be a nice change. My arms were getting tired of cross-checking Perry every game.

On how he met Kelly Kelly
I met her through a mutual friend and we kind of kept in contact and that was it. We've been together about a year and a half. One thing we've been lucky to do as athletes is meet a lot of people -- other athletes, celebrities, actors. You get to meet so many different people from so many walks of life. Some you like, some you don't. I like her a lot more than other people.

On whether he felt this morning's earthquake

I actually didn't. I must have been training too hard. I thought it was just me putting the weights back on the floor.

You can check out the entire transcript here.

Sheldon seemed to have so much to say about a number of topics, but we had to wrap up the chat eventually. Definitely looking forward to talking with him more this season. 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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