Bruno Gervais

Status: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman, currently playing with the Heilbronn Falcons in Germany during the lockout.

DOB: Oct. 3, 1984 In: Longueuil, Que.
Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 205 pounds
First Hockey Memory: “Would be the first time you skate outside. I remember skating with my family. We used to have a rink around a big tree in the backyard with a small net and we’d just play games there, throw your stick in the middle, against my cousins, uncles and everyone. It was a good time.”
Hockey Inspirations: “I would say Ray Bourque, as a player, on and off the ice. And Francis Bouillon. He’s always been a big inspiration for me.”

Nicknames: “‘Gerv’ would be the one.”

Current Car: “Right now I got a Caddy.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “First game against Detroit in Detroit. Winning that game. First goal in Tampa (with New York Islanders). In my sixth game of the year. And I’d say my first playoff goal. Those were great moments.”

Favorite Uniforms: “Well, I love the new ones in Tampa Bay. I think Chicago too – Chicago’s classic.”

First Job: “We’d go out on a field before they used to plant all the seeds. And we’d have to take every rock from the field. There’d be a big tractor going along with a huge trailer and we’d be running up and down the field with just a small bucket. And just throwing rocks in there. The first one – and probably the hardest job that I had.”

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I’m sure there’s some, but I don’t get embarrassed. Like, stuff happens, you just laugh at it, that’s it.”
Closest Hockey Friends: “You make a lotta, lotta close friends. The closest one, I’d say (Max) Talbot. Because I grew up with him, so I’ve known him since we were eight years old. And he’s still the same today. It’s been many, many years, so he’s definitely the closest friend.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “A lot. We call them ‘beauties.’ A lot. I’d say Doug Weight, Bill Guerin. Those two together. Mike Sillinger is one of the funniest men I’ve met. You meet a lot of funny, funny guys, but those three stick out in my mind, especially when they’re together. They’re a bunch of kids, it was hilarious with them.”
Toughest Competitors Encountered: “Eric Goddard was probably one of the toughest guys. He played the game tough. Then, other teams, you have a guy like Chris Neil, he can play hockey, but also run through you, the boards, or he can fight. Those are tough guys.”
Strangest Game: “Well, playing the Rangers with the Islanders, there’s so many fights in the stands and so much stuff happens around the rink. Every game, every single game. At The Garden and Nassau Coliseum. You see guys going at it, security guards like in Nassau Coliseum, they’d all be dressed in yellow. And you’d see them running from one corner to the next one. The next whistle they’d be over there. Those were the funniest games.”

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Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “I’d say soccer. I like watching football here, but I never really play. I played soccer growing up for a long, long time, so I’d say soccer.”
Favorite Players To Watch: “Crosby, Malkin, St-Louis, Stamkos.”
Funny Hockey Memory: “You have pranks all the time. I did a few in New York, what I’d do – I did to a few guys – I don’t want to name them, I don’t want them to know (smiles). So they retaliate. I’d sew someone’s cellphone in their pocket. Then in a meeting, get the trainer to call the phone, so it would be in the pocket ringing and he can’t reach it. At dinner, guys would get up to go to the bathroom and you’d get the salt shaker, put the silverware, leftover steak in his pocket. We did a lot of those.”
Last Book Read:Unbroken. Josh Hamilton’s story.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Down to earth. Modesty. Stay true to themselves. And sense of humor, someone who can take it and give it.”

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