Jason Blake

Status: Toronto Maple Leafs left winger

HT: 5-foot-10 WT: 180 pounds

DOB: Sept. 2, 1973 In: Moorhead, Minn.

Hockey Inspiration:
“Obviously Wayne Gretzky. Joe Sakic. Joe Sakic’s probably my biggest inspiration. Just the longevity he’s played for, same team pretty much, captain, just what he stands for. When you think of professional people in sports, he’s one that you would say is one of the most professional ever.”

Hobbies/Leisure Activities:
“I like to play golf in the summertime. In high school I liked golf more than I did hockey.”

“Blakey, that’s about it. Blaker.”

Favorite Movie:
Rocky IV.”

Musical Tastes:
“Brooks and Dunn; Carrie Underwood.”

Last Book Read:
Da Vinci Code.”

Favorite TV Show:

First Hockey Memory:
“That was back…I don’t even know. Obviously signing and playing in my first NHL game is one of the greatest moments I’ll ever have. I scored in my first game, so that was pretty cool. (Against who?) I was in L.A. and it was against St. Louis.”
First Job:
“I was a grocery bagger at the grocery store back home, Sun Mart.”

Favorite Website:

Current Car
: “Range Rover supercharged (black).”

Pre-Game Feeling:
“My mind’s just clear.”
Favorite Meal:
“Pancakes and eggs.”
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:

Greatest Sports Moment:
“Greatest moment in my career…now am I gonna jinx myself if I say this? No, I can’t. Next question.”

Most Painful Moment:
“Was last year.”

Most Memorable Goal:
“Most memorable goal would be against Washington two years ago. Biggest goal I ever scored – I don’t know. Scored a couple of overtime goals against Buffalo. That could be it.”

Closest NHL Friends:
“Michael Peca.”

Funniest Players Encountered:
“Rick DiPietro.”

Toughest Competitors:
“Brendan Witt.”

Favorite Uniforms:
“Toronto Maple Leafs. Have to say that. (Second best?) Carolina third jersey is pretty cool. Black, all black. Dallas.”

Funny Hockey Memory:
“Yeah, it was last year, in our last game of the season. We played in Montreal. I don’t know who did it, but everyone went and – Kaberle had his own room – I didn’t go in there. But guys went in there and took everything that he had – the beds, everything except for the television and the armoire – and put it in the bathroom. And took all the lights out. So when he came back from dinner he couldn’t see.”

Favorite Vacation Spot:
“Bahamas, Atlantis.”
Favorite Players To Watch:
“Paul Kariya; Martin St-Louis.”

People Qualities Most Admired:
“Just being professional all the time; respectful. And good sense of humor.”

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