Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Luke Witkowski is featured in this week’s Getting To Know and he recalls the story of a no-goal from his younger years that he still remembers to this day, as well as one goal he probably wishes was called back.
Status: Tampa Bay Lightning/Syracuse Crunch defenseman.
HT: 6-2 WT: 200 pounds
DOB: April 14, 1990 In: Holland, Michigan
First Hockey Memory: “When I was a mite, we scored to tie the game and the ref called it a no-goal. All the boys were crying in the locker room and upset. That was a championship game. One of the first tournaments that I ever played (age 8).”
Hockey Inspirations: “I always just played the game because I loved it. I guess player inspirations would be (Niklas) Lidstrom, watched him a lot growing up.”
Last Book Read: “I’m reading American Sniper right now. Last book I read was Friday Night Lights.”
Current Car: “I drive a Dodge 1500 (white).”
Greatest Sports Moment: “So far, I’d say probably winning the CCHA Championship in my junior year in college.”
Most Painful Moment: “Probably the way we went out my senior year. We had a pretty good season, then the last game we played against Michigan State kept us from making it into the national tournament. Our season just kind of ended abruptly.”
Favorite Uniforms: “Probably us. And Chicago has a pretty good logo.”
Funniest Player Encountered: “Probably Eric Nielsen. He’s just a ball of energy, good guy to be around, he’s always positive and upbeat. He’s always making somebody laugh.”
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “There’s a lot. There’s so many to name. I couldn’t give one.”
Most Memorable Goal: “Probably in the CCHA playoffs, a tournament at the Joe (Louis Arena), I scored a goal against Miami of Ohio. It was a pretty big goal.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I scored on my own goal growing up. Pretty embarrassing, went off my stick. It looked like I put it in my own net.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “To play or watch? Does fishing count? (Yes, it’s on ESPN.) I enjoy fishing. I actually enjoy watching it, too. Probably watching would be football.”
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