In this week’s Getting To Know, J-F Jomphe talks about his two quick strikes that came on what should have been an unlucky night. Jomphe also recalls a strange habit of teammate Warren Rychel, who was always in and out of his equipment during games.
Status: Former NHL center for Anaheim, Phoenix and Montreal from 1995-1999.
Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 195 pounds
DOB: Dec. 28, 1972 In: Havre St.-Pierre, Que.
Early Hockey Memory: “Oh wow, I was three years old when I started skating. My dad took me out on the ice and I had a Boston Bruins outfit on. I just knew then it was the best sport in the world.”
Hockey Inspirations: “Guy Lafleur, I loved the Montreal Canadiens. I loved the way he played. Me and my dad watched him all the time.”
First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “I think that was Guy Lafleur. He came to my school when I was ten years old.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Hmm…I think when I scored two goals in thirteen seconds, on Friday the 13th, against Washington (with Anaheim). That was a very special night for me. Team-wise, bronze medal for Team Canada at the World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden in ’95 and silver in Vienna in ’96.”
Most Painful Moment: “I think it was in ’97 when I was sent down to Cincinnati. I was playing there for a while and they sent me down. That was a pretty tough moment in my career.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “Warren Rychel. He’s just a beauty. It was non-stop with him. He used to take a shower before warm-ups, before the first period, after the first, period, the second period…He’d come in after the first period, take off all his equipment, take a shower then put it all back on again.”
Toughest Competitors Encountered: “Oh boy, there were a few back in those days…every team had a tough guy. Tony Twist, Tie Domi, Bob Probert…I’ll say Tony Twist with the St. Louis Blues.”
Favorite NHL Uniforms: “Oh man, there’s so many teams now. I gotta go with my hometown Montreal Canadiens.”
Most Memorable Goal: “Again, those two goals, Friday the 13th. I roofed it top shelf and then I scored again thirteen seconds later. Or my first NHL goal vs Cujo (Curtis Joseph) in Edmonton, Dec. 14, 1996. That was a long time ago.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Golf.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I got one. It’s funny. It was in a shootout in Kalamazoo when I was playing for Las Vegas. I went in the shootout and I tripped on my own and I fell head first into the goalie [smiles].”
Strangest Game: “I remember one in Europe when I was playing for Team Canada. We played in London. They had no boards or glass behind the nets, just a net. There was only about four feet of boards then only nets, no glass. So it was hard to check someone into the net.”
Closest NHL Friend(s): “I gotta say Randy Burridge is my best friend.”
Three Athletes I Like To Watch & Follow: “The New England Patriots and Tom Brady., LeBron James. and back in the day, Tiger Woods.”
People/Qualities Most Admired: “The biggest quality is honesty. And being generous. People with good hearts.”
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