Getting To Know: Jonathan Drouin

In this week’s Getting To Know, Jonathan Drouin shares how his dad got him into the sport. The Tampa Bay Lightning rookie also talks about his the time his team suffered an embarrassing loss and tells us that the two athletes he follows most come from outside the sport.

Status: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing.

HT: 5-11 WT: 186 pounds

DOB: March 28, 1995 In: Ste.- Agathe, Quebec

First Hockey Memory: “Putting on skates when I was young [smiles].”

Hockey Inspirations: “I think my dad. My dad pushed me in hockey when I was young. And watching on TV is pretty much where it started.”

Last Book Read: “I can’t remember.”

Current Car: “I drive a Ford Mustang (black).”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Winning the Memorial Cup.”

Most Painful Moment: “Probably losing last year in the playoffs.”

Favorite Uniforms: “Our third jersey is the nicest uniform, I would say.”

Favorite Rinks To Play: “Bell Centre.”

Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “It’s a fun sport. Being around the guys is always fun. Hockey is just a fun sport to be around.”

Nicknames: “Just Joe, a lot of people call me John, Johnny.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Vanilla.”

Most Memorable Goal: “Overtime winner against Quebec when I was sixteen. (Where?) In Quebec City.”

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Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “Not that I can think of.”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Tennis.”

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: “Roger Federer. Lionel Messi. And… …those are probably the two I like.”

First Famous Player You Met or Encountered: “The first was Saku Koivu with Montreal, at a Canadiens practice.”

Funny Hockey Memory: “A lot of things happened…and I can’t really tell [smiles].”

Strangest Game: “I think it was my seventeen-year-old year in junior. We were up 6-0 with like ten minutes left. And they came back and won in overtime. So that was pretty strange.”

Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Nice people. No two-faced people. If you’re nice with someone don’t be different with someone else.”

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