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Doug Shedden

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Status: NHL center from 1982-1991 for Pittsburgh, Detroit, Quebec and Toronto. Currently serves as head coach for EVZ hockey team in Swiss Nationalliga A. Coached Team Finland to bronze medal at 2008 World Championship.

DOB: April 26, 1961 In: Wallaceburg, Ont.

First Hockey Memory: "Watching George Armstrong scoring into the open net for the Toronto Maple Leafs - last Stanley Cup on a black and white TV."

Hockey Inspirations:
"Dave Keon, Bobby Clarke."

Last Book Read: "Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand. It's a World War II story, a must read."

Current Car: "BMW X3, from a sponsor here in Switzerland."

Favorite Movie: "Once Upon A Time In The West."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Calling my parents when I made the NHL."

Most Painful Moment: "The worst moment was blowing out my knee in my first game as a Toronto Maple Leaf in Maple Leaf Gardens."

Favorite Uniforms: "Chicago Blackhawks - red jersey."

Favorite Arena: "Any Original Six."

Closest Hockey Friends: "Jari Kurri, Randy Carlyle, Ron Flockhart, Dave Ellett."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Gary Rissling, Mike Bullard."

Toughest Competitors Encountered: "Bob Probert, Wendel Clark."

Most Memorable Goal: "Scoring on Tony Esposito. He was a big name back then. It was in the old Chicago Stadium. It was special. Plus I knocked him out one night with a shot between the eyes."

Strangest Game:
"Beating USA when I coached Team Finland. We scored...the puck still hasn't gone in. But they counted it after video replays and all. Strange situation."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey:
"Is wine tasting a sport (smiles)? If not, golf and fishing."

Funny Hockey Memory: "Gary Rissling had so many stitches in his face, it was like rubber. So ‘Riz’ could make so many funny faces. We had a Christmas party at Denis Herron's one night. And he made those Christmas soldier's faces and he had everybody crying just because of the movements from his face."

Musical Tastes: "Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, Patsy Cline."

Favorite Player(s) To Watch: "Sidney Crosby. Ex-Pens stay together."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Honesty. Fun-loving. People who believe pain is power. People who always have time for a talk about hockey."

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