Mark Malinowski asks the Tampa Bay assistant GM talks about his start in the game, memorable moments and more.
Status: Assistant GM for Tampa Bay Lightning and GM for AHL's Syracuse Crunch.
DOB: Jan. 24, 1977 In: Montreal
First Hockey Memory: "I remember going to see Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers against Guy Lafleur and the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum. I don't know how old I was; I was maybe four. I remember going with my dad. That's my first memory."
Hockey Inspiration(s): "The person that had the most influence on my career was Bob Gainey. He gave me lots of responsibilities, made me feel comfortable and shared his wealth of experience. By far the person that stands out the most."
Last Book Read: "Currently reading the John Adams biography by Dennis McCullough."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Winning the Calder Cup."
Most Painful Moment: "Being eliminated in the conference final with Montreal in 2010."
Most Memorable Goal: "Mike Kostka game-winner in overtime in the Calder Cup final, 2012. He shot the puck from just outside the red line, just dumping it in to the corner glass and it deflected to their net. We won 1-0 to take Game 3 at Toronto."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Eric Nielsen. Plays for Syracuse Crunch. He's a wildly entertaining person."
Closest Hockey Friend(s): "Steve Yzerman, Guy Boucher, Jon Cooper."
Favorite Arena To Go To: "Bell Centre."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Nothing comes to mind, have to give it more thought."
Favorite Uniforms: "Tampa Bay Lightning, the blue."
Strangest Game: "There was a Philly-Tampa game that ended 8-7. It was a real shootout in Philly a couple years back. That's a weird one."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Baseball."
Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: "I'm gonna go with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic."
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "So many...Martin St-Louis."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Integrity. Honesty. We're talking hockey - competitiveness, drive."
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