I grew up with lots of pets and I love animals -- I'd never harm one or have someone kill or imprison one on my behalf. I have a great appreciation for the natural world and consider myself an environmentalist through and through.
I enjoy traveling and am very lucky to have had so many opportunities to do so while growing up. I've always shown significant respect for other cultures and I wish most Americans did as well. I didn't grow up here, but I am a dual citizen.
Playing hockey and football and following major sports leagues will probably always be a big part of my life, but please don't mistake me for one of those guys you might find chugging beer and shouting at the TV in a sports bar. Despite my passion for athletic competition, I'm not a meathead who can't enjoy other, more intellectual/artistic pursuits.
Another defining passion in my life is cooking. While it now feels like a previous life, my first career was as a chef. Since withdrawing from preparing food as a career and working with animal products, cooking at home and working to develop gourmet level vegan recipes has been among my most significant hobbies. In keeping with my appreciation for foreign cultures, I often try to explore their culinary techniques in my own kitchen and I have a lot of fun doing so.