- Kenny Mayne, Anchor/Reporter
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KM: I understand you were pretty upset when Denis Savard got fired after just four games. Were you near tears? Or was it just more like "Damn it"?
PK: It was both. I didn't play well in the first four games, so I felt a bit responsible. But it was funny—I tried to get out before the media got me, but I wasn't fast enough, and I kind of broke down in the interview.
KM: It's curious to me how men don't like to admit that they cry, when in fact it's a natural thing. Do you cry at movies?
PK: I like a good cry at a movie. "The Pursuit of Happyness" was the last to get me.
KM: Did you cry during Brian's Song?
PK: I've never actually seen the movie. But my aunt and uncle gave it to me and said, "If you ever need a good cry, watch this movie." So I imagine I would.
KM: What do you do in the penalty box ? Do they have magazines to read?
PK: I think about whether I'm going to get a break when I come out. But there's a guy in there writing stuff down—he'll talk to you every once in a while. And there are water bottles. Or you can retie your skates—there's a lot to do.
KM: I hear music in the background. What are you doing right now?
PK: I just bought a new place, in downtown Chicago, so I'm furniture shopping.
KM: Have you thought about making your own furniture? Going up to Amish country to spend a weekend whittling a table?
PK: I've never had a job, so I can't really do that stuff.
KM: So you have no job skills other than playing hockey?
PK: I'm sure I could find some … but I guess not, no.
KM: Are there lots of women coming to games?
PK: At last night's game there were some good-looking chicks up in the stands. Sometimes you can read the girls' lips: "Ahh, he's so cute."
KM: Is that why your coach got fired? Because you were looking at girls?
PK: Yeah, maybe I wasn't really focused enough.
KM: You're still a child. Twenty years old, right?
PK: I turn 20 on Nov. 19. This is my last month as a teenager.
KM: In your picture on the team website, you look like you're about 11.
PK: Come on, you have to give me at least 16.
KM: Are you going to try to grow facial hair and be a badass?
PK: I can't do it. But when I was in junior hockey, some guys on the team put Just For Men on their beards. It actually turns out pretty well. I mean, your face—like, your whole face—is dyed the first day, but after that, it looks good.
KM: You're not considered the enforcer on your team, correct?
PK: No. They call me The Doctor, because they say I'm like a surgeon going to work on his patients out on the ice.
KM: Can you tell the enforcers, "That guy looked at me funny—kick his ass"?
PK: I don't even have to. If I get into it with someone on the ice, our tough guys will stand up on the bench and start giving it to the guy. It's pretty cool.
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