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Troy Brouwer: ‘There’s no boundary on leadership age’

Troy Brouwer discussed his trade from the Blackhawks, contract status, health and leadership with The Post this weekend; but here are a few other tidbits and quotable notes from the forward’s conference call Monday afternoon.

--On what type of leader he can be, at 25, to the Capitals:

“There’s no boundary on leadership age. Whether or not if you’re wearing a letter on a team, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not a leader,” Brouwer said. “I’d rather just go out and play hard and lead by example and pitch in when I need to pitch in.

“I’ve gotta get into the room first and get the feel of the room before you kind of can start feeling whether or not you’re going to be vocal,” he continued. “Every team needs guys that are going to speak up, make sure that everyone knows what their roles are, what they should be doing, and you need guys that lead by example and work hard and everyone will follow from there as well.”

--On what’s needed to succeed in the playoffs:

“Confidence in the playoffs is a big thing but also you have to learn that it’s a series. If you look at us last year in Chicago against Vancouver, you know we’re down three nothing to the best team in the league and we were able to force overtime in Game 7.

“It’s something where if you have a tough game or if you’re in a tough situation in the playoffs there’s usually another day, you’ve gotta make sure that you take the positives from the last game and you move on,” he said. “You can’t dwell on games and you cant point fingers because that’s just going to get guys mad at each other. You want to try to come together in the playoffs rather than try and point fingers.”

--On whether he prefers playing on the left or right wing:

“The last couple years playing with [Patrick] Kane and [Patrick] Sharp and [Marian] Hossa on and off throughout the season, it’s actually a little more comfortable for me to play the left side. But it doesn’t really matter to me, I grew up my whole life playing the right side.”

--On his physical style of play:

“I’ve always tried to be as physical as I can,” Brouwer said. “I’ve learned that for me to be successful I need to be physical. My better games of my last couple seasons have been where I’ve had five, six, seven, eight hits in a game. For me it just gets me into the game, makes me more involved, because if I’m hitting people I know I’m around the puck.”


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