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Hot Corner: Q&A with Blackhawks enforcer Daniel Carcillo ... Music, Bieber and Enrique

Daniel Carcillo Blackhawks watches for puck during game against Winnipeg Jets October 13 2011 United Center. |  Bill Smith~Getty

Daniel Carcillo of the Blackhawks watches for the puck during a game against the Winnipeg Jets on October 13, 2011 at the United Center. | Bill Smith~Getty Images

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Updated: November 25, 2011 8:19AM

The Sun-Times catches up with Blackhawks enforcer Daniel Carcillo.

Sun-Times: How are you liking Chicago?

Daniel Carcillo: It’s a big music city, and I’m a big music guy. It’s been cool to be able to go to some blues places and listen to live music after dinner.

S-T: What’s the best place you’ve been?

DC: Probably Kingston Mines. Seeing Carl Weathersby play.

S-T: Heard you went to Michael Jackson’s house in Gary, Ind. How was it?

DC: Yeah, did that with [WGN Radio vice president] Tom Langmyer. He’s been cool. He’s taken me to Bucktown, and we’ve gone to an old-school record store looking for vinyls.

S-T: How’d you get the nickname “Car Bomb”?

DC: We were at [Columbus Blue Jacket and former Philadelphia Flyer] Jeff Carter’s golf tournament during the summer in Ontario, and [Flyers teammate] Riley Cote was like, ‘Geez, we need a nickname for you,’ and he came back with “Car Bomb,” and it’s stuck ever since.

S-T: Heard you’ve been giving out a couple of nicknames in the locker room, too. Is that true?

DC: Oh, yeah. Patrick “Bieber” Kane or “Biebs,” as we like to call him. And Marian “Enrique” Hossa.

S-T: Why “Enrique”?

DC: One day I was going in for a massage, and Hossa was coming in after me, and he likes the slow tunes, and the music came on, “I can be your hero, baby . . .” So it just kind of stuck. Besides, he looks like a bit of a pretty boy. He could front a band, for sure.

S-T: I hear Kane returned fire with a nickname for you?

DC: Luigi. It makes no sense.

S-T: Is it true that you shaved off your mustache because of it?

DC: No. It was a personal decision. It was just getting too long, and I decided to chop it off. It has nothing to do with being called Luigi . . . and me being Italian . . . which is borderline racism by Kane. So he’s gotta be careful.

  Ben Meyer-Abbott

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