Off the Ice with Rod Pelley


Recently I was able to obstruct New Jersey Devils rookie Rod Pelley long enough to ask him a few of these questions. Pelley is a 23-year-old center from Kitimat, British Columbia, who went undrafted out of Ohio State University (where he played for four seasons) and was signed by New Jersey as a free agent in July of 2006. He played in 65 games’ with the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Lowell (17g-12a) and has been with New Jersey since his call-up late last season. In his young career Pelley has skated in 48 NHL games, scoring five points (2g-3a) and has been a key contributor on the Devils’ penalty killing unit. So who’s Rod Pelley off the ice? Read on:

Dan Rice: Who’s been the best roommate that you’ve had so far?

Rod Pelley: I’m going to have to say (defenseman) Sheldon Brookbank.

DR: Favorite NHL city that you’ve played in?

RP: I’ll say Calgary.

DR: What kind of music is on your iPod these days?

RP: I have a little bit of everything – some country, some Metallica.

DR: What’s the best or funniest practical joke that you’ve seen (in the locker room)?

RP: I like the old, simple things, like cutting the skate laces. Something nice and simple is funny.

DR: What’s the funniest or craziest thing someone has said to you or that you’ve heard while you are on the ice?

RP: I’m not going to mention any names, but a guy asked another guy if he brushed his teeth in the morning because he had bad breath.

DR: What has been your best hockey memory so far?

RP: You know what, I think I have to say it’s been putting on a Devils uniform and definitely scoring my first NHL goal (November 8, 2007 vs. Philadelphia).

DR: Favorite TV Show?

RP: I like watching Lost.

DR: Favorite Movie?

RP: My favorite movie is either 300 or Gladiator.

I hope everyone enjoyed learning more about Rod Pelley and if there is a player you’d like to read about in a future column or have a question you want asked, let me know:

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