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My Thoughts: Andrew Cogliano

The gritty Ducks forward talks about his Ironman streak, his work ethic and more

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 1:23 AM / News
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My Thoughts: Andrew Cogliano
Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano offers his own thoughts on his Ironman streak, his work ethic and more
This feature originally appeared in Ducks Digest, the official gameday publication of the Ducks.

Age: 26
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario
Profession: Anaheim Ducks forward

I really don’t do too much thinking about my consecutive games streak, to be honest. I just want to play every night and contribute. But I do take pride in how I take care of myself and how I prepare off the ice.

A lot of it has to do with luck. My first couple of years at least, the coach could have easily said, “We don’t need this guy in the lineup.” So, that’s where I show the most pride, knowing that a coach said, “We need this guy in there to give us the best chance to win.”

There have been close calls where I could have missed games. One year in Edmonton, I took three sticks and a puck to the mouth and had 50 stitches. It was kind of a running joke in the city. Last year, I took a stick to the mouth and lost a couple of teeth. Other than that, I’ve had a few things that have been nagging, but I’ve been able to push through.

I don’t think I’m any tougher than the next guy. It’s just who we are as hockey players. When you play this sport, you get branded as someone who pushes through things and wants to play and play hard. It’s just part of the nature of who we are, especially at this level.

I’m really big into taking care of myself. I do a lot of maintenance during the year off the ice. I do a lot of things that I feel will counteract what we do on the ice, as far as the muscles we use. I have a good training program in the summer and I work with a good trainer back home who keeps me doing the right things. And we have a good program here. Sean does a good job during the year to make sure guys are staying fresh.

Another part is nutrition. I’ve evolved into a person who really enjoys eating healthy and eating clean. I feel like that helps my lifestyle.

When you’re not big, if you don’t compete and work hard, you don’t have a chance to get here. That’s been a big part of me growing up, and I come from a hard-working family. My parents really instilled that in me and my brother growing up in sports, school and everything else. I think it’s really who I am as a person. It attests to how you grew up, how you compete, how strong your work ethic is.

It’s kind of surreal to even think about the four-year contract extension I signed this year, another four years here. When you think about it, you really have a lot less to worry about. You’re able to come in and play and not think about what’s going to happen or where you’re going to be. There is still a lot of hard work to be done. I signed a nice contract extension, but I want to prove every day that I’m worth it.

In Edmonton, it was a situation there where we had a lot of similar players, we were a last-place team and guys had to go. Something’s got to give. I was one of those guys they really couldn’t find a spot for, and they wanted to move me. That’s the business side of sports, but I’m grateful to them. That’s where I started my career. I give all the credit to them for bringing me in, developing me and making me a player.

They gave me a chance to further my career by trading me to Anaheim, and I’m also very grateful for that. It’s been the situation for me, and I’m very happy that it happened. But on the other hand, whenever teams trade you, you want to prove them wrong, to show that you’re a very good player and they made a mistake. That’s human nature.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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