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Patrick Kaleta likes shot blocking and… Legos?

Aug 2, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

Lars Eller, Patrick Kaleta AP

After signing a three-year contract extension with the Sabres, Patrick Kaleta opened up a bit about what makes him tick. While you might dislike him for his iffy hits and on-ice theatrics, one thing you can appreciate about him though is his love of Legos.

Yes, the Sabres agitator is a big fan of the building blocks and Bill Hoppe of the Niagara Gazette finds out he likens them to his odd love of blocking shots.

“I like doing it, I like blocking shots, which you might find kind of weird, but I also like doing Legos,” said Kaleta, who still puts the plastic play sets together. “It’s a matter of changing my game and becoming more of a rounded person, taking more responsibility, and if I improve on that, I hope to have some minutes (again) like that this year, too.”

A responsible agitator sounds like an oxymoron, but with Steve Ott and John Scott now in the fold in Buffalo they’ll have the muscle to back up the annoyance.

Still, the thought of Kaleta assembling a Lego Star Wars star destroyer when he goes to the ice to block a 95 mph slap shot is the type of mental image you can never get rid of. You’re welcome for that.

  1. upyourstodd - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Kaleta can play on my Lego set building team any day of the week. My hockey team? Now thats another story.

    • elemeno89 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      ugh, here we go again…

      • upyourstodd - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        First Line Lego builder, 4th line hockey player.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    You can’t possibly like this guy now

    • bagjr387 - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      you’re a jackets fan and you don’t hear us complaining….

  3. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I like how he says it as if there’s some sort of natural connection between the two. “So Pat, you seem to have a penchant for shot blocking. Now, this may seem like an obvious question, but I’m willing to bet you’re also a big Lego fan, aren’t you? Yep, thought so.”

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