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09-19-2003, 04:26 PM
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Q&A with Chris Higgins

This is from McKeen's which is a paying Website, so I'll just post random Q & A to avoid copyright enfrengment, the ones I found most interesting. Enjoy.

MCKEEN'S - September 19, 2003

McKeens: What do you feel you have to do to make the Habs' opening-night roster?

Chris Higgins: I just have to play my game - they drafted me in the first round for a reason. If I do the things they drafted me for and play well at both ends of the ice, then I feel I have a shot sticking with the big club.

McKeens: Last year you broke through offensively in Yale (20 goals, 41 points in 28 games). To what would you attribute your breakthrough season?

Chris Higgins: Pretty much just hard work - it goes a long way. I worked hard over the summer and worked on little things, such as being in great shape. I took as much advice as I could from my coaches (McK - one was Yale head coach Tim Taylor) and teammates in order to become a smarter player, in addition to being a skilled player.

McKeens: Would you define yourself as a finisher or a playmaker?

Chris Higgins: I don't really want to pigeon-hole myself as one or the other, but I try to do both things and it helps that I can pass and shoot at a high level.

McKeens: (As a natural center) would you accept a shift to the wing if asked?

Chris Higgins: Definitely. I played wing a little bit in Yale and I played wing some at the World Juniors. I have some experience there and I would say that I feel comfortable playing at that position.

McKeens: What would you say is your greatest strength as a player?

Chris Higgins: Work ethic and hockey sense - those two. No one can say I didn't work hard enough to get to the next level. I have a pretty good understanding of the game and see the guys well on the ice.

McKeens: Do you have a favorite hockey player?

Chris Higgins: Saku Koivu. He is a die-hard player and guy and I look forward to playing with him. I was a Habs' fan growing up, so it will be a thrill to play alongside him.

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dr.chimera is now working for mckeens?

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He's a Saku fan? Nobody was a Saku fan before he had cancer. Maybe he's too young or not mean enough to have booed Saku for getting injured...lol

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Thanks for the article.....one thing I like in any player is hard work, and it looks like Higgins won't be taking any nights off.

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Thanks for the article.
Anyone think the fact that he's a Habs fan will have him working even harder to make the team?

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Originally Posted by Aphotic
Thanks for the article.
Anyone think the fact that he's a Habs fan will have him working even harder to make the team?
Um, no. All professionals work as hard as their character will allow. IMO, This won't and shouldn't motivate him any more than if he played for any other team.

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