The chippy New York Rangers forward is the focus of this week’s Q&A session.
Status: New York Rangers right wing.
Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 188 pounds
DOB: Dec. 20, 1986 In: Kindersley, Sask.
First Hockey Memory: “I was probably three years old, my dad taking me to the rink before kindergarten. Just out there skating by myself is probably my first memory.”
Hockey Inspiration(s): “You’re stumping me here…tough question [smiles]. I always wanted to play juniors and try to make the NHL, as a dream. That’s what inspired me to play – is to get to the top level and stay at the top level.”
First Famous Hockey Player You Met Or Encountered: “It would have been maybe Kelly Buchberger. (Where?) I think it was outside the arena, just waiting to get some autographs. My dad was a huge Oilers fan, he went to a lot of games. I think it was Kelly Buchberger.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Obviously, scoring first NHL goal (2008).”
Most Painful Moment: “When I broke my clavicle. (How?) Just going to the net, hitting shoulder on shoulder.”
Most Memorable Goal: “First one. Against Roberto Luongo.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “Jarret Boll has gotta be up there as one of the funniest characters [smiles].”
Closest Hockey Friend(s): “So many. It’s hard to say.”
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “On my team? Or playing against? (Both.) Darren Helm competes hard, plays hard, plays honest.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I don’t know. That’s a tough one, not sure.”
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “Just the team aspect. The challenge. The competition. I like to compete and there’s no better way to do it than to play hockey.”
Favorite Uniforms: “Rangers.”
Strangest Game(s): “In the WHL finals, game seven, double overtime, the rink filled with fog. They had to stop play. We had to skate laps to lift the fog off in double overtime. Two or three times.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Golf.”
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: “Tiger Woods. Peyton Manning. Jason Day.”
Last Book Read: “Playing With Fire.”
Current Car: “Cadillac Escalade EXT.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Loyal. Hard-working. Happy.”
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