Status: New York Rangers goaltender.
Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 170 pounds
DOB: Aug. 15, 1977 In: Lac Saint-Charles, Que.
Hockey Inspirations: “When I grew up – I grew up in Quebec City so I was a big Nordiques fan. All the inspirations of that team and all the goalies of that era. Daniel Bouchard to Mario Gosselin. Some of my favorite players were Michel Goulet and the Stastny brothers. Those are the people who got me wanting to play hockey.”
First Hockey Memory: “I remember going out to the backyard frozen rink and trying to learn how to skate. Grabbing a big, long stick and pulling a chair, whatever. I remember really enjoying, on Saturday morning, getting up, putting the skates on in the basement, just running out to the backyard. We’d be out there ‘til our toes were frozen. We’d have to come in and soak ’em in the bathtub to thaw them out.”
Nicknames: “B, Marty.”
Favorite Movies: “A movie that I will always watch on TV or once a year on DVD is The Negotiator with Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey. It’s a smart movie, it’s well done.”
Last Book Read: “I’m just about to finish The Last Symbol, Dan Brown.”
Favorite TV Show: “The Office. It’s kind of like the new Seinfeld.”
Favorite Meal: “Right now I would say Teriyaki pork and loin with some potatoes and vegetables.”
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Is definitely peanut butter and chocolate chip.”
First Job: “Youth baseball ump and scorekeeper for men’s softball league at night, two nights a week, the whole summer. Made about $30 a night.”
First Car: “Was given to me by my parents – 1988 Pontiac 6000 LE (maroon). I drove that when I got my license at 17, my first year of junior back home in Quebec. Then, halfway into the year, I blew up the engine and that was the end of that car.”
Current Car: “I drive a BMW 335 convertible right now. But that’s really more of our fun car to drive, as a family with four kids we have a mini-van. But my car I like to drive, but I don’t take it out a lot – I have a ’69 Z28 Camaro (orange and black) that my wife bought me for my 30th birthday a few years ago. It’s in the garage, it comes out once in a while.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Oh wow. There’s two. Game 7 in Washington in my first playoff year with Philadelphia. Overtime. We get the big win, it was one of the best. And then maybe a couple of weeks later, Game 5 in Montreal. Getting the chance to win a playoff series in Montreal, in front of my family and friends. It was very special.”
Most Painful Moment: “There’s been plenty of those too. I think one was the year after the lockout, Ryan Miller broke his finger in the morning skate and then – he was supposed to play that night against Ottawa at home in Buffalo – and I ended up having to start. And we lost like 10-4. And Alfredsson and I think Prospal had hat tricks. Not a pretty sight. And everything they were shooting was going in. They barely got 30 shots – they got 10 goals. It wasn’t a good moment.”
Favorite Uniforms: “I like our white uniforms a lot. The Rangers white. Other than that, a lot of teams come out with the third jerseys now, there’s some really cool ones. The jersey I got drafted in in Buffalo – the old Sabres logo I thought was very cool also.”
Closest NHL Friends: “I would probably say J-P Dumont and Danny Briere. J-P and I were roommates for about four years in Buffalo. Then Danny was my roommate and we played together in Philly.”
Funniest Player Encountered: “Bobby Essensa. Goalie Bob – that was his nickname – was the funniest, most sarcastic man. My backup in Buffalo. He used to make the top 10 lists like David Letterman. And he made the top 10 list when he retired – the top 10 things I’m going to miss about life in the NHL. And it was one of those – every one of them, we started laughing. But by No. seven, six, five, we were all crying, it was hysterical. We were at, I don’t remember if it was at Dougie Gilmour’s house or Stu Barnes’ house at the end of the year when he pulled it out. And he used to do that all the time. Just a funny man.
Most Memorable Save: “I made the top 10 plays of the decade on TSN. Actually I was on TSN last year when we went to 2010. In 2008 I went to the corner – we’re playing Philadelphia – and I went to play a puck in the corner. And I rimmed it around the glass and it hit a partition and came back toward the slot. And Andy Delmore was a rookie at the time – and he still hadn’t scored a goal in the NHL. And he came right to it. And I raced as hard as I could to that net. And I dove with my stick extended as far as I could and it hit right in the paddle and went right up in the air. And so I played with Andy later in my career in Buffalo and he said that would have been his first NHL goal. Luckily for me and for him he scored many goals after that. But I took away possibly his first NHL goal. That was one of my most spectacular, memorable saves.”
Strangest Game: “My last home game in Buffalo. It was just before the trade deadline. The year I got traded to Philly. We were playing Ottawa. It was 3-2 for us in the middle of the second period. The game was up and down, a lot of offense, a lot of hits. Then Chris Drury gets laid out by Chris Neil. An elbow. The next faceoff we have like five tough guys on the ice. The whole thing breaks loose. I end up fighting Ray Emery at center ice. We both get kicked out. Both backups Miller and Gerber, I think, both have to go in. It ended up being a 6-5 shootout win by us. We scored in the last minute of the game to tie it and ended up winning the shootout. It was one of those games that – it was weird, the game seemed to be all nice and all easy. And all of the sudden it broke loose and the ref in the game was just insane. The fans did not sit on their seats from the middle of the game ‘til the end of the game.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I went to the wrong crease one time at the beginning of the period. That was in the American League, so it wasn’t in the NHL. I went to the wrong crease, then I see the other goalie coming down and I’m already like scraping his crease. I’m like, Uh? Second period. Gotta go to the other side. I think it was in Hamilton.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired: “In a team especially, I like to see guys who are committed to the team, to their teammates and they’re not looking for themselves. So I think unselfish is a big quality that I like to see. Just all around good persons. Obviously, you’re a hockey player, you can be edgy, you can have your ups and downs, your moments, you can go crazy once in a while. But the most important thing is when we get all the guys together, that you’re a good all-around person. I think that’s really important.”