Q&A: Ducks Winger Andrew Gordon
Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 1:31 PM PT / News
|"I’m just trying to play the best I can, and if what I bring to the table is what they’re interested in, then maybe I am a top contender for a forward spot. It just depends on the direction the team wants to go in. If my services can be used, I’m sure they’ll make that decision on their own"|
The morning after scoring Anaheim’s lone goal in a 6-1 preseason loss to San Jose at Honda Center, Gordon took some time to chat with AnaheimDucks.com’s Adam Brady following a Ducks practice.
Q: First of all, describe that goal from last night.
Gordon: We didn’t have a whole lot of offense going in the game. I think the shift before we had a flurry there where Sbisa made a nice play and Bobby had a good opportunity. We sort of built on that and had a good shift going. Nick Deschamps did a great job wheeling that puck up top and when he sent it back around to the far point, I just tried to find a little bit of an open area for a rebound around the net. I think it banked off their defenseman and it sort of found me in the open ice on the backside. I was in a position to score and I was fortunate the puck found me all alone there.
How did you feel about your play overall?
I felt I had good energy. I was trying to get on the forecheck, but we had a tough time breaking out, so it was tough to get a whole lot of speed through the neutral zone. There was a lot of chip-and-chase-type hockey. But there’s a learning curve for every team and we’re all sort of figuring each other out there. Overall, I feel like I grasped the system fairly well and I’m just trying to improve everything from a team perspective.
There are some spots on the third and fourth forward lines up for grabs out of camp. Do you feel like you’re a top contender to earn one?
That’s not for me to think about. When you come to camp, you always check the depth chart and things, and we were all told by the general manager himself that there are spots available and the players in this room are going to fill them. I’m just trying to play the best I can, and if what I bring to the table is what they’re interested in, then maybe I am a top contender for a forward spot. But there are guys on this team with tons of ability, first round picks that show a ton of promise. It just depends on the direction the team wants to go in. If my services can be used, I’m sure they’ll make that decision on their own.
Hershey was a really great town, and I was fortunate to play on some very, very good teams there. I try and treat everybody the way I’d like to be treated, so if someone bumps into me at the grocery store or on the street or something like that, I try to take the time to have a conversation. People really appreciated that in Hershey, and in a small town like that, you see a lot of the same people. Hershey has been great to me and it’s always going to have a special place in my heart, for sure. - Andrew GordonCan you talk a little bit about your popularity in Hershey?
[Laughs] It’s probably a sign I spent too much time in Hershey. But it was a really great town. I was fortunate to play on some very, very good teams there. We won two championships, and anytime you win championships, the fan base is with you all the way. I’d say my teammates were as much a factor in my success and popularity I gained as anything. I was there four years and Hershey is very big in the community. They try to get the players out there and meet the fans and spend some time at different events. I feel I’m a fairly personable guy and easily approachable. I try and treat everybody the way I’d like to be treated, so if someone bumps into me at the grocery store or on the street or something like that, I try to take the time to have a conversation. People really appreciated that in Hershey, and in a small town like that, you see a lot of the same people. It’s nice when you can have a relationship with people away from the rink as well as teammates and coaches. Hershey has been great to me and it’s always going to have a special place in my heart, for sure.
But it goes without saying you’d rather be in Anaheim than Hershey.
[Laughs] With all due respect to everyone in Hershey, it’s beautiful out here and the team seems great. Life in California seems different than anything I’m used to so far. I’d like to be here to stay. This is the opportunity put in front of me, and I’m trying to make the most of it.
You’ve developed quite a presence on Twitter. How many guys in the AHL have 10,000 followers?
[Laughs] I don’t know. The fans in Hershey seemed to take to me and still support me on there. I still get a ton of messages these days, well-wishes and congratulations. They’re following me on the internet, reading all the sites and things.
How did you get started with Twitter?
One of the PR guys in Washington, Nate Ewell, sort of suggested to a lot of players that they get a Twitter account, just so people don’t make fake ones of you. So a handful of us started them just for fun and started going back and forth at each other a little bit. Within a few days, you have a few hundred followers and you start to figure it out a little bit. It becomes a fun little social game between you friends and it allows people to get a glimpse into your personality, whether it’s the stupid things you do in the course of a day or the way you react to a game or what’s going on in the world. It’s a cool new way for people to get insight into what we’re doing on a daily basis, what we’re thinking. I’ve had fun with it, and watching the numbers grow has been fun too.
Have you noticed Ducks fans on there now?
More and more, nowadays. In camp, when you score some goals, people start to look you up, I think. Bobby Ryan was joking yesterday that I’ve got to get my numbers up, so he’s going to give me a plug on his the next few days. Ducks fans have been great to me so far with a lot of positive reinforcement and well-wishes. I’m just hoping to stick around long enough to gain a few more of them.