Tyler Myers and Geoff Courtnall – Canucks in Cars

Tyler Myers and Geoff Courtnall – Canucks in Cars


(upbeat rock music) – So playing here is fantastic, I mean I loved playing here. When you’re from here and you know growing up and then you get to
come back here and play, it was pretty good. And the fans are great, when you’re winning. (laughter) – [Tyler] It’s a great city. – [Geoff] It is. – [Tyler] I feel like it
has everything to offer. – Sure does. – Especially for food for me, big eater. How long did you play here for? – [Geoff] I played here for five years. But the ’94 run was probably the most exciting time of my career, yeah. I mean I won the Cup in
Edmonton with those guys and that was a great team but coming here was pretty
exciting when you’re from B.C. and the fans were like, it was crazy. – Yeah. – Having the height that
you have and the reach, I know for me personally in practice, I hated playing against
Pronger in practice so I’m sure for lots of guys you’re a difficult guy to
play against with your reach. How do you feel that has made
a difference in your career? – Those same guys, like Pronger and Chara now, I always looked at the big guys to see how they you know, use their
size and their reach to complement their game, you know take what I could from theirs to start using in mine and I had a lot of help along the way with the coaches and everything on how to use my reach as best as I can. – Yeah I found as a player with speed, when you’d come up against
a guy like yourself with that reach, if he had his stick out, it made it more difficult to get by him and I think obviously with the rules now, with no hooking and holding, I think that it’s all
angles for the defenceman and guys with speed, you know
if they can get some room they got a lot more time, where before playing against big guys, they would just hook ya and
pull you in and slow you down. – [Tyler] Watching some of
those videos of the old rules is pretty funny. – [Geoff] I was watching
game six of the Rangers game we had in ’94 and I was
watching one of the plays that I had the puck going
across the blue line, I had like two guys on my back and I was like going “man today,
they can’t even touch you” so I know for a defenceman, it’s gotta be you have to probably
adjust on positioning, you know angling guys. (rock music) Let’s talk about morning skates, how do you feel about morning skates? – I’m a guy that does not
need to ever morning skate. – Wow. I think you’d get used to
whatever your routine is. – Yeah, I think it is. More of a routine for guys. – I think that’s exactly it and so some guys, like I liked
it and did the same thing. You know it was always
just a quick, light skate but I always would do the
same drills personally, shooting and stuff like that. What’s your game day routine for eating? – Most guys eat around the same time. We’ll have our pre-game
meals pretty early. Most guys, most of us eat around 11:30 and that’s when I think we’ll
really pack away the food. We’ll have you know,
the pasta, the chicken, and then a lot of guys will
have a big salad with it. And then when I get back to
the rink around four o’clock, I’ll have a pretty big snack. – [Geoff] We definitely never had any food in the dressing rooms
like you guys do today but god we sure didn’t eat
very healthy back then, I’ll tell ya that. Too many burgers and fries after practice. So how did you like
wearing the skate jerseys that we used to wear? – In my opinion, those are the coolest
jerseys in the league. We talked about this in
the room, all the guys. I wonder if it’s like cooler to us, because it’s such a retro jersey whereas like you know
when you would wear it, it was probably just a
normal jersey that you wore. – Right. – You know, for us to put
on a jersey that was worn, I don’t know the exact
numbers 30 40 years ago, is pretty cool. – Well hopefully not that long. (laughter) – 20 years ago. – No you’re probably,
let’s see what is it? Nineties so yeah, almost 25 years ago.