In this week’s Getting To Know, learn about New York Rangers center Derick Brassard, who got his start in hockey on a rink right near his house and has a chance to improve his greatest hockey memory. There’s also a fun story about Doug Gilmour that Brassard recalls.
Status: New York Rangers center.
HT: Six-foot-one WT: 202 pounds
DOB: September 22, 1987 In: Hull, Que.
First Hockey Memory: “I think it was back…I was probably with my dad. There’s a rink around the corner – an outside rink. That’s how I started skating.”
Hockey Inspirations: “I like just coming to the rink here, being around the guys, we have a good team, so I have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. At the end of the day it’s about winning. Last year we came close and this year we want to reach that goal.”
Last Book Read: “I don’t read [smiles]. I read online, I read newspapers sometimes. But I’m not a big reader.”
Current Car: “Range Rover.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Going to the Stanley Cup finals. Winning the Eastern Conference.”
Most Painful Moment: “Losing [smiles]. Losing the Stanley Cup.”
Favorite Uniforms: “Ours – the blue ones. Chicago – the red ones.”
Favorite Rinks To Play: “I like playing in Chicago. I like playing in Pittsburgh. A lot of good places. But those two are my favorites.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “(Jason) Chimera is funny. Jason Chimera with Washington. Jake Voracek is funny.”
Closest Friend On Rangers: “Probably Mats Zuccarello.”
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “Lots of them…Claude Giroux and David Backes. All the best players, basically.”
Most Memorable Goal: “Overtime winner in Pittsburgh, third series.”
Funny Hockey Memory: “When (Doug) Gilmour slashed the…he got a penalty and he smashed the door. And the window just exploded. And he was just sitting there [smiles]. I was at home watching with my parents – because I grew up just watching the Montreal Canadiens games. He was pissed. He rammed the door and it just exploded. And he felt so awkward. He was just sitting in the penalty box and there was like glass everywhere on the ice. And that stopped the game.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I got suspended in minor hockey for kicking a player, like, three times. With skates.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Golf.”
First Famous Player You Met or Encountered: “I met Ray Bourque at the golf tournament this past summer. Ray Bourque is the first one that comes to mind.”
Strangest Game: “Trying to think right now…no, not really. Nothing is coming to mind.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Humble. And unselfish.”
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