ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — Going to keep this a little shorter than I’d like as the long drive home from the Twin Cities beckons after what has been a long, but very productive work day.
As part of my jaunt to Minnesota this week, I was able to complete the second of my extensive interviews with a pair of prominent Winnipeg Jets players.
On Tuesday, I sat down with leading scorer Blake Wheeler and talked for roughly 40 minutes about an abundance of topics and on Thursday, I was able to do the same with defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.
Wheeler is an outgoing guy and pretty media friendly, so getting him to open up wasn’t a big surprise.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to be able to get out of Byfuglien or even if I was going to be able to speak with him for sure, though I was hopeful.
However, Byfuglien went well beyond the call of duty and was extremely accommodating, providing some nice insight during a 30-minute discussion that dealt with a wide variety of subjects including what the first nine months of fatherhood have been like, how he enjoyed his first season as a member of the Jets, what it was like to deal with the legal issues relating to being pulled over on Lake Minnetonka in the summer of 2011, among others.
For that, I’m very thankful that Byfuglien opened up the way he did and appreciate the fact that Octagon agent Ben Hankinson provided an assist in helping the interview come to fruition.
It’s the type of in-depth chat that simply isn’t possible during the course of an NHL season when you work in a Canadian market, which made the trip well worth it.
We’ll have another two-page spread in Friday’s Sun and be sure to check out winnipegsun.com as well.
There will likely be another page or so in Saturday’s paper.
On Friday, we’ll be sure to post some of the leftover quotes here on the blog and dig a little deeper into what we’ve learned.
But that will do it for now, Highways 94, 29 and 75 await.