IL Mag Drop: ‘Shooting from the Hip’ with Calgary Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson

Curtis Dickson is featured in the newest edition of IL's Shooting from the Hip. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Curtis Dickson is featured in the newest edition of IL's Shooting from the Hip. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Curtis Dickson answered his 2011 season, when he was named the National Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year, with a 31-goal, 25-assist effort for 2012. He was a big part of the Calgary Roughnecks’s 12-4 season, which gave the Riggers the best regular-season record in the NLL. And as he gears up for this third NLL season, the high-flying forward whose acrobatic goals has given him the nickname of “Superman” gives fans a glimpse of his personal side as the subject of the most recent edition of Shooting from the Hip that appears in the December 2012 issue of Inside Lacrosse.

ON THE FIELD

Describe your go-to move?

The underneath roll. Get your defender thinking you’re going topside and get a quick roll underneath.

Best on-field lacrosse memory?

Walking onto the field for our Final Four game in 2007. The atmosphere was incredible, being in front of that many people.

Memories of your first game?

I started playing when I was three, so that memory’s a little foggy…

Why do you wear your number?

[No. 17] was my dad’s number when he played.

If you could guarantee one win, who’d it be against?

Anytime we played Towson when I was at Delaware, or against Edmonton now that I’m in Calgary.

Who’s your easiest teammate to play alongside?

Playing with a guy like Scott Ranger in Calgary makes the game so much easier. He just knows the game and is always making big plays. Grant Kaleikau in Delaware is another guy who makes your life on the field a whole lot easier — one of the best feeders I’ve ever played with.

Who’s the hardest opponent to go against?

Jeff Moleski in Washington or Kyle Rubisch in Edmonton. Both are big-time gamers and great at what they do.

Any pregame superstitions?

Nothing crazy; usually I just tape my stick before every game. I always need a pregame nap as well…

If you could change one rule, what would it be?

Get rid of the crease.

Who’s had the most impact on your lacrosse career?

My dad. He taught me everything I know about lacrosse.

One piece of advice for young players?

Keep a stick in your hand as much as possible. What you do in the offseason separates the good players from the great players. There’s always room for improvement.

OFF THE FIELD

What’s the last song you listen to before a game?

Anything by Eminem.

If you could have any wild animal as a pet, what would it be?

A slow loris. I dare you to watch the slow loris being tickled on YouTube and not laugh.

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

Wayne Gretzky

What view do you want your dream house to overlook?

Anything with a mountain view in Vancouver — beautiful scenery here.

Dream car?

Corvette

Any nicknames?

Dix

First non-lacrosse job?

Landscaper

What one word describes you?

Competitor

The complete version of this article appears in the December 2012 issue of Inside Lacrosse Magazine.

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