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John Erskine

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Status: Washington Capitals defenseman.

DOB: June 26, 1980 In: Kingston, Ont.

Ht: 6-foot-4 Wt: 220 pounds

First Hockey Memory: "Would be back when I lived in Kingston when I was around four and we had a big pond in the backyard and the city would come and put boards up. Just skate there all day long."

Hockey Inspirations: "My dad (Garry) got me into hockey, my parents, I always looked up to him. He would always drop everything for hockey."

Last Book Read: "It's been a while...I read that David Frost hockey book Frosted."

Current Car: "I drive a Jag (black)."

"Ersky, pretty much it."

Greatest Sports Moment:
"Just getting drafted or playing my first NHL game. All my life it was something I was striving for and it happened. Pretty exciting. (First game was where?) It was in Dallas against New York Islanders."

Most Painful Moment: "Probably last year not playing for about 2 and a half months in a row. (What happened?) Healthy scratch."

Most Memorable Goal: "My first goal. We were playing Columbus and Mike Modano won the faceoff, it came back and I snapped it and it went top shelf."

Favorite NHL Sweater(s): "I like Chicago, some of the old school Original Six uniforms."

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered:
"I met Bobby Orr back when I was eight or nine. Outside Maple Leaf Gardens. We were eating dinner right across the street and he was eating dinner there too. My parents walked up to him and got an autograph from him."

Funniest Player Encountered: "Aaron Downey. (Why him?) He was always loose and he was kind of the joker on the team."

Funny Hockey Memory: "Probably just the practical jokes guys play on each other every day. I remember in junior taking all the furniture out of one of the guy's hotel room and put it in the hallway. Stuff like that."

Closest Hockey Friends: "My teammates."

Fiercest Competitors Encountered:
"(Donald) Brashear. (Derek) Boogaard. He was one of my good buddies. Guys feared him quite a bit."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Scoring on my own net when I was younger."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Right now it's NASCAR."

Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: "Jimmie Johnson. I like RGIII. I used to like (Allen) Iverson. I still kinda follow him a bit."

Strangest Game: "When I played Junior B, the back of the net, instead of glass, we had like a chicken fence back there. So that was pretty strange to play in Quinte."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "People who are honest. Down to earth. People with big hearts."

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