Jets right winger Chris Thorburn talks about growing up in the Soo and his nicknames.
Status: Winnipeg Jets right winger.
HT: 6-foot-3 WT: 235 pounds
DOB: June 3, 1983 In: Sault Saint Marie, Ont.
First Hockey Memory: “My dad (Mark) building an outdoor rink in our backyard.”
Hockey Inspirations: “Growing up I had local guys Rico Fata and Ron Francis – both from the Soo. Obviously Ron Francis – his career speaks for itself. And just the way he worked in the community. And then Rico Fata was close in age but he was a pretty special talent growing up.”
Last Book Read: “[Chuckles] Well that’s testing my memory. Probably Bridge Of Terabithia back in grade eight [smiles].”
Current Car: “Cadillac [black].”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Getting drafted into the NHL (by Buffalo in second round in 2001).”
Most Painful Moment: “All the years that I haven’t made the playoffs. While in the NHL.”
Favorite Uniforms: “Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks.”
Funny Hockey Memory: “Just locker room atmosphere. There’s some funny guys in the dressing room. There’s a lot of things that get said in the dressing room that are pretty funny. So I just come in the dressing room every day on a daily basis and hearing some stories. There’s always a laugh.”
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “For the same reason – the guys, the competitiveness. It’s just something I grew up admiring from a young age. And to be able to fulfill it – it’s a great thing.”
Most Memorable Goal: “I’d just say the one I scored against Ryan Miller against Buffalo. It was kinda like a toe-drag. Because it was on Millsy made it extra special.”
Nicknames: “For me? I have a bunch of em. Thorb Dog. Nose Burn. I don’t know why they call me Nose Burn but [smiles].
First Famous Player You Met or Encountered: “It was probably Ron Francis at one of his charity events that he does in the Soo.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “Eric Boulton. And Andre Roy. I’ll go with them off the top of my head”
Strangest Game: “Maybe this year against Nashville and we lost 7-0. That was kinda weird.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired: “I just like caring people. People that respect the game and respect the people that have been around for a while. Just the people that don’t take it for granted and they come to work every day.”
Mark “Scoop” Malinowski is the author of tennis books “Facing Federer” and “Facing Hewitt” which are available at amazon. He’s currently working on “Facing Probert.”