With Matt Larkin
What was your favorite NHL team as a kid?
The Wings. I grew up in Detroit. I liked all hockey teams, but the Wings were just a little bit above everyone else.
Who was your role model growing up?
Nick Lidstrom. I modelled my game after him as best I could. It’s a tough guy to follow, but any time he was on the ice or on TV, I watched him pretty closely.
Why do you wear No. 4?
Bobby Orr was my dad’s favorite player.
What was your “welcome to the NHL” moment?
It was probably my sixth or seventh game. I scored my first goal, and then about two shifts later I got kind of hit from behind by Shane Doan. Concussion and broken nose. And I was out for a little while, so… (laughs)
What is your most interesting fan interaction so far?
In Anaheim, there was a kid along the boards. He said. “Hey, Cam Fowler, my parents named me after you.” He was only a few years old. And, actually, I met a little kid a while ago from Edmonton whose name was Cameron Fowler. He found one of my hockey cards in a pack of his, realized we had the same name, and I became his favorite player.
What’s the first extravagant thing you bought with your first contract?
I bought a big-style watch with the big face. We were shopping, and I remember it was my first year, so I actually asked my mom for permission if I could get it, because I didn’t know if it was too much money to spend.
What’s your favorite thing about being an NHLer?
I think it’s two. It’s getting to be around some of your best friends every day. These guys are great teammates, and we have a lot of fun together. It’s also fun to get to go to all these cool cities and play in different buildings, stay in nice hotels and experience the cities a little bit. So that’s a great perk of it as well.
What’s the hardest thing about being an NHLer?
The schedule. Eighty-two games in a pretty short amount of time, especially toward the end, playing basically every other day, it catches up to you. So it’s just trying to maintain your body, recover and all that stuff that’s a little difficult. But it’s part of the job.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
I would just say enjoy it when you’re young and have fun with it, because we’re lucky enough to get to do this every day. And it’s tons of fun, but there’s a little bit of pressure on the business side that’s thrown into it. When you’re young you can just go out and play and have fun, so I’d tell him, “Don’t overthink it, have fun and enjoy the time with your friends.”
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