Getting to Know: Cedric Paquette

In this week’s Getting To Know, Cedric Paquette discusses the first time he stepped foot on the ice, which athletes outside of hockey he follows and the embarrassing moment he remembers the most, even though he wasn’t a part of it.

Status: Tampa Bay Lightning center.

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 198 pounds

DOB: August 13, 1993 In: Gaspe, Que.

First Hockey Memory: “I think I was at school. I was four years old when I put the first time put my skates on.”

Hockey Inspirations: “I just like the sport. I like the way the sport is.”

Last Book Read: “I don’t read that many books but it was a book by a French journalist in Montreal.”

Current Car: “Grand Cherokee (black).”

Greatest Sports Moment: “I’d say my first NHL game.”

Most Painful Moment: “Losing last year against Montreal.”

Most Memorable Goal: “I’d say my hat trick against Detroit this year.”

Favorite Uniforms: “I like Minnesota.”

Favorite Rinks To Play: “Bell Centre.”

Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “I like the way the sport is, I like playing hard, physical. Skating is different and you’re on your feet.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “I’d say Eric Neilson in Syracuse.”

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “Mike Angelidis. He works pretty hard. It’s fun to see him play.”

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Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “Not really.”

Funny Hockey Memory: “I think it was… I don’t remember his name. He was playing in Dallas. He had an empty netter and I think he fell. He left the puck and we went the other way and score to tie it up.”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Soccer.”

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: “Georges St-Pierre. I’d have to say Eugenie Bouchard in tennis. And… (“Stumped Ceddy?” asks Ben Bishop, who is standing nearby.) I don’t know.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “It was (Sidney) Crosby when he was a junior in Rimouski.”

Strangest Game: “In my last year of junior when we had a bench brawl.”

Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Being social. Generous. And being nice. Gentle.”

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