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Derek Stepan

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Status: New York Rangers center.

Ht: 6-feet Wt: 172 pounds

DOB: June 18, 1990 In: Hastings, Minn.

First Hockey Memory: "I have to go way dad used to work at the hockey rink and when I was really young, we'd all wake up really early and I'd go to the rink before anyone else. Or get there before school. That's probably the earliest memory I have. I wasn't very good back then and I didn't really like it because my feet hurt."

"Pretty much ‘Steps.’"

Hockey Inspirations:
"My dad played. He's someone I looked up to as a kid. We were always around hockey with our family. Everyone in my family is hockey-based now because of it. I would say my dad, my grandparents, my mother, even my sister. I don't want to leave anyone out."

Last Book Read: "Lone Survivor. It's a war book. About a guy that survived something that went wrong. Pretty good book."

Favorite Movies: "I can't even name one. Big comedy guy. I like a bunch of 'em."

First Car: "Was a Honda Accord, '98 (silver)."

Current Car: "2011 Denali (black)."

Greatest Sports Moment:
"My short career...I'll probably say...there's too many. There's a couple of nights I can think of. Obviously, my first game was cool. World Junior Championships was really fun to be a part of. Those are some. I don't want to pinpoint one right now."

Most Painful Moment: "Probably the national championship game my sophomore year. Came up a little short. I went into the wall pretty hard. I was out cold for a little bit. That was probably the hardest game to swallow, for sure. It didn't help that I had a headache."

Favorite Uniforms: "I like ours. I like ours a lot actually."

Favorite Arena:
"I'm going to say New York. I like Madison Square Garden."

Closest Hockey Friends: "I'd say probably my big buddy Ryan McDonagh on the team here, who I played with in college. He'd be one of the guys way up there. Mats Zuccarello is one of our good buddies too."

Funniest Player(s) Encountered: "Mats Zuccarello. (Why?) He's just a goofball. He's always ready to lighten the mood."

Toughest Competitor Encountered:
"Good question. There's so many. I can probably pick out one from each team and I don't want to individually put one. If I were to say someone within the locker room here, I'd say Henrik Lundqvist. Most competitive guy for sure. It's just the way he is. He likes to win. And that's a great thing. He's always competitive, even for bowling or ping pong. (Is he the best at everything?) I'm gonna leave that one blank. I don't want to answer that, I'm gonna get myself in trouble if I say yes or no (smiles)."

Most Memorable Goal:
"I don't really have any memorable goals yet. Hopefully there's one to come."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey:
"Another good question. I like tennis now and then. I play a lot of golf, it's not really enjoyable sometimes. But tennis is always fun."

Favorite Players To Watch: "I used to love watching Steve Yzerman. I didn't watch too much NHL hockey growing up, I watched a lot of college hockey. When I did, I watched Detroit."

Last Vacation:
"Went to Playa de Carmen with a group of buddies and friends."

Strangest Game: "I had one game in high school where there was so much fog that we had to get on the ice, both teams were skating laps around the rink to try to settle the fog down. Then something else weird happened that game. It was like the rink would not cooperate. The lights went out. Then the glass broke. It was a weird game. And we were in - we were playing in Chicago. Against Team Illinois, we called them. We actually had a bunch of guys suspended, like five or six guys. We had a short bench. There was a bunch of fog, glass broke. Our coach almost went over to fight their coach. That was the weirdest game I've ever been a part of."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I like a humble person. Who’s out there to make somebody's day. How about that? How's that for an answer?"

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