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Old 06-22-2006, 02:35 PM
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Q & A: Brendan Tedstone

Here's an interview I did with HF.com's resident tough guy, Brendan "Big Show" Tedstone.

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Humpzilla: At what age did you first start playing hockey? Also, when you think back, what's your favorite hockey memory from when you first began playing?

Brendan Tedstone: I started playing hockey on the ponds here at about the age of 3 or 4. We had a neighborhood of kids older then I was, so I was always the "Whipping Boy". I turned out to be a decent player, but always had to defend myself. That kind of thickened my skin.

A favorite memory was when I was in high school, during the Christmas break, we used to go to St marks school for free shinny hockey. It was a very good afternoon of hockey. We'd play for 2 hrs, they'd make ice, then another 2 hrs. There was always Doug and Greg Brown, Scott Young, and all the other locals in college. One time, for no good reason, the 3 Stastney brothers showed up and skated with us. They were better than I was, but not by much!!!


Q: When growing up, why did you admire Stan Jonathan and John Wensink?

A: I was always drawn to the fighters. It's the most exciting part of the game in my eyes. I can't remember Stan losing any fights, although I'm sure he did. I love the story that Don Cherry sent him from the NHL to the AHL because he was scoring too much. As far as Wensink goes, he was just a pure nut job. With his afro and challenging the entire Minnesota bench, he's a true throwback. At the UHL All Star game this year, the St Louis Blues Allumni played the UHL Coaches, and Wensink was there. It was my first chance to meet him in person. What a great guy. He was pleasantly surprised that I had a Rottweiller named after him.


Q: Who do you consider the best fighter of all-time? Why? Also, If you could drop the gloves with any NHL tough guy from the past, who would it be and why?

A: In my eyes, Probert is the all time king, but it's hard for me to quantify that statement. If you look at NHL rosters in the 60's and 70's, everyone stuck up for themselves, so there really wasn't much need of a pure goon. If I could, I guess the top 3 guys that I would have liked to go with in their prime is Probie, Stan Jonathan and Dave Semenko


Q: In the past, you've said that you like to read your opponents eyes before a fight. When did you first begin to do this? Have you ever done any boxing?

A: I have done very minimal boxing in the ring. I have a TON of respect for boxers. I train in the summers with a guy in the gym. We spar a round, then hit the heavy bag a round, speed bag a round, then repeat a few times till I puke.

You can tell a ton by a guys eyes. When you talk before the fight, you can see how into it a guy is, also after you drop the gloves and square off, you can read a guy's intensity level.


Q: When trying to get a player to drop the gloves, what are the kind of things you say or do when at faceoffs or in the middle of play?

A: I will reach way into my bag of tricks to get someone to go if they don't want to. There certainly are lines that I draw, but I will try to get them to go any way I can. In the LNAH, I never had any problem finding a partner. One time Ryan Pisiak and I were ready to go off the draw. He said "I'm going to kill you, you fat ****!" I laughed at him and told him "Give it a whirl if you want, We're both big. I do it with a fork, you do it with a needle!". The ref dropped the puck and he skated back to the bench because he was laughing too hard to fight.


Q: What would you say has been the most memorable or funny pre-fight conversation you've had with someone?

A: When I went with Robin Big Snake, I talked to him in warm ups a few times, and during the game I was chirping he and Chaz Johnson quite a bit. Finally Robbie let me out for the draw. I asked him to go, but I guess Martinson told him he can't go with me or he'd be fined. I told him I'd pay his fine, but Marty sent out a line change for him. I skated my shift and went off on the whistle. he came out so I went back out to get him going. We were losing by 5 goals with just 5 or 6 mins left in the game. I told him that if he didn't want to fight, let's pretend to fight. He looked at me funny, then just agreed to go with me. He sent off the guy Marty sent out to take him off and we went at it.


Q: Have you ever had any funny or memorable penalty box incidents?

A: When I was in the box one time in Rockford, a retarded fan kept coming up to me and trying to rip on me. He was just a drunk, flannel wearing retard that would trade the left side of his doublewide to be in my skates. He threw a Twix bar at me over the glass. It was still wrapped and unopened, so I reached over, picked it up and ate it. The fans were howling. 1 person asked if I wanted a coke, but I told them I only drink diet coke. I had the linesman grab me some water to wash it down. Everyone was on their ass laughing. Don't take this comment the wrong way either. This fella is NOT a typical Rockford fan. I think that they are some of the best fans out there.


Q: Not too long ago you were almost 400 pounds. How exactly did you go about losing it to get to your current weight?

A: I was actually at 425lbs when I went to camp in Sherbrooke. After the season in Flint, Robbie Nichols called me and told me that he wanted to keep me around, but I needed to get in shape. I really liked playing for Robbie, so i decided to see what was out there. my agent at the time sent me to Serge Roberge in Jonquiere, QC for a week. He worked with me on my fighting techniques, but more importantly put me on a strict diet and a workout regimen. The diet was (still is) 6 small meals a day, no carbs after 5:00PM and an hour a day of cardio. I am now under 300lbs and would like to get to 275 or maybe even 250 before October.


Q: Which would you say has been the most memorable fight of your career thus far? How'd the fight go, and what do you remember most about it?

A: Thankfully I can remember them all. I have a hard head!! My 2nd fight with Benny Beausoleil, I landed 5 or 6 good ones to his face, but he came back and got me a few good ones. I tried to go with Mike Varhaug, but before I could say a word, Jason Clarke was the one who was lined up with me. I didn't know too much about him. He had fought earlier in the game, so he was gone from the game after this one. It wasn't much of a fight, I threw a few then slipped. I punched him a few times when we were down, and he bit me. We both talked the ref into just giving us a minor for a rough so we could go again. That was a bad idea. He wound up clubbing me like I was a harp seal and he needed a new coat!! Maybe someday our paths will cross again!!


Q: Seeing that you were lucky enough to witness the 1987 Bruins vs. Nordiques brawl - What has been the wildest game that you've played in during your hockey career? Also, how would you describe the intensity of that particular game?

A: In 1988, I played a game in Lugano, Switzerland. It was a tough game and we were winning by a ton. There was a fight on the ice, and I jumped the bench to save my guy who was getting killed. It turned into a bench clearer. I did very well in my tilts, and when I was getting escorted off the ice, I saw that one of my guy's father was throwing bombs in the stands, so up I went. It was great. We got a police escort to the bus, then they followed us to the city limits. That was great.


Q: How would you describe the player/fan atmosphere of that bench clearing brawl in the game in Lugano, Switzerland?

A: At the end of the game, which was cancelled due to the fans trying to kill us and our fans, it was electric. We had to take the families that were with us into the locker room for their protection. Everyone had a broken up face and bleeding all over the place. We were never supposed to win the game, which we did. Some of the boys looked like Mr. Potato Head. They just never fought before and the last place they thought they would have to was in Switzerland. It was great. The cops were dicks to us. They spoke German and none of us did. We had a translator, and you could see by her facial expression that we could be in some hot water. We were lucky to not be locked up after we trashed the tunnel and locker room.


Q: For you, what was it like playing in the LNAH? Also, what were your thoughts on the fans, the skill level, the fighters, and ultimately, the future on the league itself?

A: I loved the LNAH. It's a league geared to a guy with my "skillsets". If you challenge someone and they refuse, there's always 3 or 4 others that will step in. The skill level is that of the UHL I would say. I saw that Jim Duhart was up there for like 15 games and had only like 10 points. He came back to the UHL and lit it up. I know that it's not typical for that to happen, but it is what it is. You have to be ready for war all the time up there. No nights off. There is no team up like some of the soft teams in the UHL. The league sells out all the time. I see no reason it won't flourish with the right guys marketing it. The fighters up there are some of the toughest in the world. I am sore just thinking about playing a game with Pat Cote, Yuri, Bosse, etc, or Sorel has Mayrand and Mirasty. Not a bad 1-2 punch wouldn't you say??


Q: When considering how dull & sterilized today's UHL is - along with the fact that attendance for some UHL clubs are as low as its ever been, (to the point of where many teams are even folding) - Do you think Richard Brosal should try to make an attempt to return back to the days when this level of hockey was at the height of its popularity - when fighting & old-time hockey was the main selling point? Or do you think the league is on life support at this point?

A: I will try to answer this in a politically correct way so as to not get me into any hot water. I think last season was a waste of time for me. I had worked out and got in much better shape then the season prior. I showed up at camp and for the 2 pre season games. There were like 10 or more fights in the first game, but no one would come near me or Wolfie (Mike Wolf). I went down the other team's bench during a stoppage of play and pushed everyone that was standing back on their asses, and no one stood up to me or even said a word. No one had a tough team. Richmond was gearing up the team to have wars with Danbury, but AJ Gallante hired Gillis, who didn't subscribe to the same strategy that Stirling did. Gone were the guys like Burnett, Peat, Wagner, Ndur, Bialowas, and all the other guys that filled the stadiums. I know that Danbury went to the finals, but the fans would have much rather seen the 04-05 team then the 05-06. People just aren't interested in going to the rink and watching AA pond hockey, and it's my feeling that the attendance showed. If Adirondack, Missouri or Motor City had last year's Danbury team, I'm sure that the owners of those teams would be scrambling to sign free agents now and not looking for a job. The league meetings are going on right now in Vegas, and one of the things that they are looking at is to add a player to the roster, which should allow flexibility to sign a fellow like me


Q: When fighting, do you like to go toe to toe, or do you prefer to be more technical and pick your spots?

A: Definitely a technical guy. At age 20, I loved getting smashed in the face and really didn't care that I looked like a pin cushion after a game. These days I've smartened up and know that I have a very heavy punch. All I need to do is land 6 or 7 and usually that's it. I can take punches, but as I said, I prefer the 1 punch KO (Them, not me!!)


Q: Seeing that you've signed with Elmira - What are you looking forward to most about next season?

A: I am looking forward to getting this summer behind me. I am planning my wedding for October 13th, trying to build a few houses on my land, get to the gym, play in the pro-am leagues here on Tues and Thurs nights, work with Doug Smith as much as humanly possible, and hold down my full time job. Once October 14th is here, and I am sitting on the beach in Hawaii with an ice cold Diet Coke in my hand, I will be one happy guy. I am sooo looking forward to getting my girl back to pre-engagement mode!!!


Q: What are your thoughts on Matt Goody as a person, as a player and as a fighter? Also, what kind of roommate do you think he'll make?

A: I don't judge people on how they are as players. I go by how they are on and off the ice. Pierre Gauthier may be the greatest coach in the world, but if he fell on the ground in front of me, I'd sooner piss on him before I helped him up. Mat is just the polar opposite. He's a great guy and one hell of a player. For a guy like Kris Waltze to tell local and visiting newspapers that he was easily the most improved player in the UHL speaks volumes. Mat's an animal on the ice, but off the ice we're pretty similarly laid back guys. He is hungry to make it to the next level, where as I am just hungry. He 1 punched a few guys this year, and proved to any doubters that he is a true #1 guy. He's fearless. He earned a call up to the AHL with Providence, and in the 2nd period of his first game, he went with Mitch Fritz and held his own. Martin Grenier turtled against him and he beat down Dale Purinton. I think he went with LeBlond from Albany and Bennefield from Lowell. I hope he makes it to the NHL some time soon. Mostly for him, but I know that if he makes it, I can get some free sticks. As far as a roommate goes, he better be a good one or I'll beat his ass and make him sleep in my wood shed!!! Seriously, I'm sure he'll be great.


Q: Do you ever see yourself playing in the LNAH again?

A: I have a friend that has 712 PIM in one season. Chad Wagner. I would like to get 713 or more PIM this year. I have spoken to 2 teams in the LNAH, so if I can get a few games up there, a bunch in the UHL, maybe a few in the ECHL and CHL as well as the SPHL, you never know. My nightmare is that I get dicked around again and play only 2 or 3 games with no takers. That would really suck as I have been told by my fiancée that this is probably my farewell tour as far as hockey goes. Actually she told me that for last year as well, so we'll see. If things keep on the way they have, I'll be a 50 year old rookie. That would suck!! What I need to do is do real well in my first 10 or so fights so the powers that be sit up and take notice and want me back there.


Q: Since I'm a huge supporter of the SPHL, (and the fact that the rugged style of play in that league would very much suit you) - how realistic are your chances of playing in the SPHL next season?

A: I would say that if I don't stick on the Elmira roster all season there's a good chance I'll play a few games down there. I really loved the fans in Richmond and feel bad that I didn't get a chance to dress for them in the regular season. If things work out, I'd like to go play a few for them there. If not I have a friend that is still part owner on the JAX team. I was going to go there for a few games last year but it was the same tie I went to Rockford for my rematch with Robin. In hindsight I wish I had gone to Jacksonville....


Q: What are your thoughts on Chad Wagner? Also, have you ever talked him about the time he was banned from the UHL?

A: Wags and I have been friends for quite some time. He's a great guy and a proud father of 1 year old twins. He lives nearby to me. On the ice he's an animal. He's huge, can throw rights and lefts, has good balance, knows how to fight, and just loses it on the ice. He played a few games last year in the coast for San Diego, but that was a favor to his best friend BJ McPherson who is coaching the team. He is certainly someone I'd rather have as a friend than an enemy. I'm sure Alex Alepin can agree with me on that one...

We spoke about the incident in Glens Falls last year. I don't want to get in to what we talked about, but I would say that in today’s market, the UHL needs Wags a hell of a lot more then he needs the UHL.

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Good interview...some of these questions look familiar?!?!?!? Like the ones I asked CapnCrunch to ask Sugden!!
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We spoke about the incident in Glens Falls last year. I don't want to get in to what we talked about, but I would say that in today’s market, the UHL needs Wags a hell of a lot more then he needs the UHL.
Yeah that is for sure a I am surpised that Tedstone wants to play in the PusssyHL.
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Hump-once again a great, insightful interview! Thanks again for all your efforts, they are very much appreciated. Tedstone seems like a cool guy, I was hoping to meet him last season in the SPHL but it didn't work out. Maybe this season. Great job Hump!
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I believe I speak for all flannel shirt wearing, double wide residing, drunk retards when I say Brendan Tedstone is an A-hole.
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I believe I speak for all flannel shirt wearing, double wide residing, drunk retards when I say Brendan Tedstone is an A-hole.
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Thanks for the Twix. This year make it a Kit Kat would ya?!!
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Thanks for the Twix. This year make it a Kit Kat would ya?!!
If I have a coupon I'll get you a Kit Kat, otherwise you're SOL.
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I hope he will be in the LNAH next year. He have his place there if he's in sheap and could certainly got his 713 PIM if he get in a team like Sorel, St.Jean, St.Hyacinthe
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Great interview. Tedstone was a great interview'ee. Really enjoyed reading his responses as he really went into great detail and seemed very interested and enthused (sp) to do it.

Great job Pat.
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Yeah I know I thought about that look at his tub of lard ass he could hardly stand up on skates in the Big Snake fight. I have only seen limted footage but from what I have seen he sucks at fighting and certainly can't play with his big self.
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Yeah I know I thought about that look at his tub of lard ass he could hardly stand up on skates in the Big Snake fight. I have only seen limted footage but from what I have seen he sucks at fighting and certainly can't play with his big self.
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Thanks hump and stonehedge (I knicknamed you that ) Real good interview.
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