March 24, 2011

From NEHJ: Hanging Out With ... Hal Gill

By Jesse Connolly

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

Canadiens defenseman and Concord, Mass., native Hal Gill. (Getty)

Canadiens defenseman and Concord,
Mass., native Hal Gill. (Getty)

If hockey hadn’t panned out, what line of work do you think you would have gotten into?

Probably teaching. A math teacher.

Any superstitions?

Just a routine, not so much superstitions. I think all hockey players have some sort of routine that they stick to.

Least favorite subject in school?

I wish I was more into history, but that wasn’t my biggest thing. Now, I wish I was more into it.

Favorite memory of growing up as a Bruins fan?

I remember going to see Habs games. That was always fun when Montreal came to town.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose and why?

I’ve always gone with Wile E. Coyote. I like the way he hangs in there; he’s an optimist.

Which coach has had the biggest influence on you?

Pat Burns was my first coach, but I think you learn from every coach you have. From Robbie Ftorek and Mike Sullivan in Boston to Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh and Paul Maurice in Toronto, I think the art of playing hockey is to pick up things as you go. Now I’m learning things from Jacques (Martin), and that’s the way you have to play it.

FAVORITES

Pregame pump-up song: I think anything by Godsmack is the go-to.

Movie: “Braveheart” on a serious note, but “Dumb and Dumber” is a classic.

Road city: Phoenix is nice and warm, Chicago is nice, and I love coming to Boston because it’s home.

Restaurant: Neptune in Boston. In Montreal, we go to Liverpool and Joe Beef.

Athlete outside of hockey: I’m a Tom Brady fan, but I like watching the way the Patriots share the ball. It’s more of a team game.

NHL player growing up: Ray Bourque. I think if you played defense, you wanted to be Ray Bourque; and if you played forward, you wanted to be Cam Neely.

 EQUIPMENT

 Skates: Bauer

Stick: Bauer

Gloves: Bauer

Helmet: Bauer