Getting To Know: Marco Scandella

In this week’s Getting To Know, Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella talks about watching his uncle, Sergio Momesso, play in the NHL and how he once played goalie as a three-year old.

Status: Minnesota Wild defenseman.

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 205 pounds

DOB: February 23, 1990 In: Montreal, Quebec.

First Hockey Memory: “Watching…oh, probably playing at my local rink. Being like three years old, stickhandling around. Actually I played goalie that same day.”

Hockey Inspirations: “My uncle played in the NHL with the Canadiens – Sergio Momesso. And my brother played hockey professionally in Europe. So I watched him growing up, he’s six and a half years older than me.”

Last Book Read: “Gone With The Wind.”

Current Car: “Nissan GTR (black).”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Getting drafted by the Wild (second round in 2008).”

Most Painful Moment: “Getting sent down to the American Hockey League first time. You know what – most painful moment – losing World Juniors final in overtime against the U.S.”

Favorite NHL Uniforms: “Us. Minnesota Wild.”

Most Memorable Goal: “Probably my first NHL goal.”

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “Probably juniors, breaking a skate blade and not being able to get off the ice. And trying to block shots. They were just deking around me and they scored.”

Favorite Arenas To Play: “Minnesota. Montreal. Toronto. Madison Square Garden. And Chicago.”

Strangest Game: “One time I took a slapshot and my stick broke in two places. Two places. It broke two times in the shaft. You’d think it would give in just one spot but there were three pieces on the ice.”

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First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “My uncle was my idol. And my brother.”

Funniest Player(s) Encountered: “Keith Ballard.”

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “Toews.”

Funny Hockey Memory: “I don’t know, pass. Can’t think of any [smiles].”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “I’d say to play soccer. But to watch…I guess soccer.”

Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “Always loved the game. I mean, it’s skill, tough, fast. Read and react. It’s so many elements to the game that other sports don’t have. It’s not like other sports. Running is something that everyone can do. Skating is a skill that you have to learn. And I find that moving on the ice is elegant, it’s tough, it’s got so many elements.”

People/Personality Qualities Most Admired: “People who are genuine. People who show each other the same common courtesy and are just nice to each other, I guess. I don’t like fake people, like anybody.”

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