Taking Liberties With… Anthony DeAngelo
Position: Defenseman, Arizona Coyotes
Hometown: Sewell, N.J.
Acquired: Traded to Coyotes from Tampa Bay Lightning on June 25, 2016, in exchange for second-round pick (37th overall) in 2016 NHL Draft
Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up?
Anthony DeAngelo: That would be playing in the World Juniors. I played with Team USA in the World Juniors (in 2014). We didn’t win and finished fifth place, but playing for your country was pretty cool.
AZR: What’s your favorite memory in the game since leaving junior hockey?
ADA: My first game here, obviously, and my first NHL goal. A great memory and I’ll remember that for a long time. The goalie? I forgot, actually. You got me there. It was against Colorado, so it was against Calvin Pickard, maybe Semyon Varlamov, one of those guys. (NOTE: DeAngelo’s first NHL goal came against Pickard on Nov. 8, 2016 at the Pepsi Center in Denver)
AZR: Who have been the biggest influences on you, both on and off the ice?
ADA: It’s my dad. He made sure he pushed me and have me become a better and better player growing up. He is real important to my hockey career.
AZR: What’s the best piece of advice you have for young hockey players?
ADA: Work hard and do what you do best. Keep working and all the other stuff will come. Learn as much as you can, I would say.
AZR: Other than hockey, do you have a favorite sport to play?
ADA: To watch, that would be football and I like to play baseball. For my favorite team, everything Philly, Eagles and Phillies. I’m from Philly and I live right across the street from the stadium.
AZR: Do you have any superstitions?
ADA: Maybe once in a while. If I score with a certain stick, I’ll stick with that one and tape it for a little bit. But no, not anything spectacular.
AZR: What does your game-day routine look like?
ADA: I have a game-day routine. I’ll have breakfast in the morning and then go to the morning skate. Eat lunch around the same time and take a nap. I try and get the same amount of sleep. Then, head to the rink for the game that night.
AZR: Do you have a favorite meal or restaurant here in the Phoenix area?
ADA: Probably Eddie V’s down there in the Scottsdale Quarter. It’s a good spot.
AZR: What are some essential items you take on a road trip?
ADA: Suits. As long as you have your suits, your phone and your toiletries, you’re good.
AZR: Did you have a favorite hockey player growing up?
ADA: I had a couple of different ones. I really liked Chris Pronger and I liked Peter Forsberg a lot.
— Compiled by Mark Brown