KB: If you were going
to a fancy dress party what would you dress up as? Why?
AW: I would take off my shirt and go as Austin Powers. Have you been in
the shower with me.
KB: If you were appearing on 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' who would
be your phone call? Why?
AW: Mark Gibson, he reads a lot and is very trivial.
KB: What is the worst thing your brothers/sisters did to you as a kid?
AW: Ate my food. I love my food.
KB: What number do you wear? Why?
AW: I wore 15 up until about 4 years ago and I started wearing 3. I was
given 3 the first time I made the National Ice team and was going
through a major dry spell, I decided to change. Its worked out for the
KB: Favorite all time Hockey Player? Why?
AW: Mario Lemieux. Big, smooth and looks like hes not trying, but he is
just great to watch. I I I Love Himmmmm.
KB: Most Memorable Hockey Moment?
AW: Scoring my first goal for Long Beach Ice Dogs against Bakersfield.
KB: Give us a weird and whacky pre game superstition.
AW: Always Left Skate, Left shin Pad, Left elbow pad + left glove on
first. And I never eat Bananas Game day+ No nookie game day either. Bad
for the legs.
KB: You play both inline and Ice hockey. Which do you prefer and why?
AW: Ice most of the time, unless it is a big game for Inline or against
a good team.
KB: Jon Moses recently descibed you as "The best defencman Australia has
ever produced". How do you respond to this statement?
AW: I Thank him for his compliment but I think there are a lot of good
players out there who are just scared to tap into their potential, and
maybe there is no one who can show them how.
KB: You were named Captain of the Australian Team that recently went
away to America for the World Championships. Was the trip different as
Captain compared with other years when you didn't have the 'C'?
AW: Yes, I felt more responsibility as a leader, and especially since we
took away 9 Rookies that all seemed to look at me when something was
wrong or right. I was very privaliged and even though we had 9 rookies
they made being the Captain fun, we had great chemistry.
KB: Who is the player
in Australia that impresses you the most? Why?
AW: Michael Cassacelli, he plays like he is 6ft and 200lbs and he is
only 5'10 and 115lbs. He gives all all the time, he loves pressure and
is a great heads up player.I think that a lot of players should look up
to him and watch and learn from him.
KB: Any advice for the junior players that look up to you?
AW: Yes, Skate hard, play the highest level possible all the time, don't
play lower levels just to light it up. Get as much rink time as possible
and don't waste it learning to shoot, learn to skate. The thing that
stands out the most from when I grew up to now is that kids do not skate
as much and therefore lack the second nature of it, pay for lessons,
learn, get better and go play pro!