Devils Q&A with Colin White

Veteran defenseman shares his answers to fans' questions

Wednesday, 08.6.2008 / 4:00 PM ET / Features
New Jersey Devils
Share with your Friends

Devils Q&A with Colin White

The rugged and reliable defenseman is ready to go for the Devils in 2008-09.

newjerseydevils.com –
Devils Q&A continues this week with veteran Colin White.

White is enjoying the summer in his native Nova Scotia while preparing to enter his eighth season with New Jersey. Drafted with the Devils' fifth choice in the 1996 Entry Draft, the 6-4, 220-lb. defenseman has been a mainstay on the blueline since breaking in with the club during the 1999-2000 season.

Questions for "Whitey" arrived from Devils fans all across the globe, and the two-time Stanley Cup champion took some time to answer a few of the best.

White is plus-55 in 522 career NHL games.
Very few pro sports teams remain competitive annually, over a long period of time.  The Devils have managed to do that.  How are they able to remain so consistent?

Bonner Springs, Kan.

Colin White: It starts in net with Marty [Brodeur] being a rock for our team for more than a decade. Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko – those guys stayed true to the Devils uniform and stayed with the team for a long time. Over the years, the team's core was kept together. At one point I was one of the young guys, and now I'm one of the veterans. Devils players come and go, then come back to the team. I think that keeps the guys tight. You've seen Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik coming back this year, and it's great for the organization.

How do you feel your style as a defenseman has changed since you began your career as a Devil?

Fanwood, N.J.

CW: Like every other defenseman, I've had to adjust to the NHL's new style of play. There isn't as much feistiness around the net as there used to be. Defensemen would like forwards to pay a little bit more of a price to be around the net. Overall, though, the game is in good shape. I'd like see it become a little more physical again.

What was it like to return to the lineup last year after missing 20 games with an eye injury?

Mount Olive, N.J.

CW: It was pretty exciting because you never know with an eye injury if you're even going to come back. When I did get back to the ice, I was happy to be a part of the team again. That was the biggest thing: you missed being around the guys and a part of what goes on with a team day in, day out. I'm looking forward to this season even more.

How has your playing style changed since you've had to wear the visor ?

Glendale, Calif. (formerly from Exit 109 off the Garden State Parkway)

CW: I'd like to think it hasn't changed too much. I still want to be a physical player on the penalty kill or when I'm matched up against another team's top line. I try not to think about it. I'd rather not be wearing a visor, but I'd also rather be playing hockey than not.

What keeps you motivated and inspired to play at your best during the season?

Christchurch, New Zealand

CW: Being on a team is like being a part of a big family. All you have to do is look at the guy next to you, and that's motivation enough. As athletes, we're all competitive and that's something that's inside you from the time you're a kid. Plus, it's never hard to stay motivated when you're doing something you love to do.

Do you play any of the NHL video games, and if so who's the best?

Victoria, British Columbia

CW: I'm not into video games too much, although I did try "Rock Band" this summer.

Do you participate in any other sports during the offseason?

Princeton Junction, N.J.

CW: I play golf a lot during the summer, maybe some swimming and tennis, but preferably golf.

What players do you spend most of your time with off the ice?

Omaha, Neb.

CW: Most of my free time is spent with my family, but the team's pretty close and we stick together as a group. We don't usually hang out with just a couple of guys here and there. 

Do you like the idea of playing all the teams at least once for the 2008-09 season?

Parsippany, N.J.

CW: It's a lot better; I didn't like the system they had with teams playing each other eight times within the division. It was too much, and you weren't getting guys like Sidney Crosby around the league. You've got to get a guy like that visiting different cities, especially out west. You know the fans out there want to see the league's top players as often as they can.

White hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003 (pictured).
Other than winning the Stanley Cup, what has been your most memorable moment with the Devils?

East Hanover, N.J.

CW: Besides the two Stanley Cups, getting drafted by the Devils was probably the most memorable thing. I was 18, and didn't have any idea of where I'd be going – I just wanted to be selected. For the Devils to give me a chance? I was ecstatic. I never even thought I'd play, but once I was drafted I was set on doing my best. That was a special day for me and my family, to have somewhere to call home. It ended up being a relationship that's lasted for 12 years, and it's been great. I consider the Devils to be a part of my family now, and I have all the respect in the world for this organization.

I have friends that have been with several different teams, and they all say they wish they could have stayed in one spot. It's great for my family, because I haven't had to move them around to different cities.

At the start of your career, you can hardly imagine what it's like to win a Cup, but getting drafted by the Devils and staying with them has been special.

After seven years in New Jersey, how do you like living there and do you make it home to Nova Scotia? Is there anything you miss?

Digby, Nova Scotia

CW: The thing I miss about Nova Scotia is the people. I'm not a big city person, I'm more of a small-town guy. During the season we live in a quiet spot in New Jersey with trees and yards, and come the offseason I do get back to Nova Scotia for family and friends. Obviously, I don't miss the weather in Nova Scotia – I'll take the weather in New Jersey any day.

You were fortunate enough to play with the greatest defenseman ever, Scott Stevens. What did you learn from him that you incorporate into your play?

Keene, N.H.

CW: The biggest thing I learned from Scott had to do with his work ethic: he came to work hard every day. When he laced up the skates, he was a different person. Scott was always motivated, and he was a guy who was going to win, no matter what it took. What I took from him – or have tried to – is his consistency in being prepared every day.




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54


A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59