Let’s start off with something off the cuff here, Marc-Andre. What’s the funniest thing ever to happen to you in a locker room?

It would have to be when I fell once. I was going into the shower, but it was slippery and I fell. It hurt pretty bad, but I was by myself, so it wasn’t too bad.

In 2004, when you were drafted by the Maineiacs, what was it like sitting there and waiting until the 8th round?

I knew I wasn’t going to be drafted in the first round, but it’s always a good feeling to be drafted. It was fun there. Where you are drafted, it doesn’t matter until you get to training camp.

What was it like coming to Lewiston and knowing nothing about the English language?

That was pretty bad. I was embarrassed a little bit because I couldn’t talk to anybody. I was always asking people, ‘What’s the drill? What’s next?’

Your rookie year, you had one goal in 68 games. Last year, you had six goals in 69 games, and this year, you have 18 in 47 games, good for fourth on the team. What changed?

I work a lot on my shot. The first year I had a hard time just keeping the pass, so I worked a lot over the summer, and I work a lot with the coaches, and I have improved, I think.

What specifically do you do to work on your hands?

You can do drills, do quick hands between pucks, and I have a slide board at my house, so I can work on it during the summer. Just moving the puck around when I get the chance.

What is your role on this team this year?

I think leadership first. I have to set a good example on the ice. I think I am a hard worker and I have to set that example for the team.

How big is Aston Jonction, Quebec (Daneau’s hometown)?

It’s pretty small. There are only, like, 450 people there. There’s more cows than people actually. It’s small, not big at all.

Who’s the best player you ever had to play against?

Sidney Crosby. The first year I was here to have to play against him, that was tough.

Who’s the best player you’ve ever played with?

I would say Alex Bourret. He had some speed, he could hit and fight, and I think he was the best player I played with.

Who is the best player in the NHL right now.

I still think Sidney Crosby. He’s 19-years-old and he is leading scorer, so I think he’s the best.

Where are you going to be in five years?

I just take it year by year and see what happens. If I don;t make the NHL, I will play in college or in Europe, but we’ll see.

If you had to start hockey all over again, is there anything you’d do differently?

I would work harder on my hands. I had some good hands when I was younger, but I got confident in them and stopped, so I would go back and work harder on my hands and my shot.


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