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Sergio Momesso

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Status: NHL left winger from 1983-1997 for Montreal, St. Louis, Vancouver, New York Rangers, Toronto. Currently serves as TSN radio color commentator for Montreal Canadiens.

DOB: Sept. 4, 1965 In: Montreal

First Hockey Memory: "Just playing outside in Montreal since I was five years old. At the rink everyday after school. It was the best thing for a kid growing up to stay out of trouble and just play hours and hours outside. It was a fun time of your life."

Hockey Inspirations: "Growing up watching Guy Lafleur was pretty fun. Because I come from Italian origin one of my favorite players was Phil Esposito. Having those type of players, I guess I wanted to be like them."

Last Book Read: "Good question. I guess it was a book called Life After Hockey. I read that recently. Just trying to get back into the game, working a couple of years here, I have a new job now with TSN covering the Canadiens. It's great to be back in this sport that you grew up in."

Current Car: "Just a - no more fancy sports cars now - just a Toyota truck. I used to have Corvette, Porsche, all sorts of different cars, you name it."

Nicknames: "Big Mo."

First Famous Hockey Player You Met Or Encountered: "It was Guy Lafleur. I was 13. I skipped school to watch the Canadiens parade downtown and I actually got his autograph in front of like 750,000 people downtown. I got through, I got his autograph. Five years later I was in the dressing room next to him. So it was pretty cool. So I told him that story."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Winning the Stanley Cup in 1986 with the Montreal Canadiens."

Most Painful Moment: "Losing in the finals in '94 for Vancouver against the Rangers. Losing Game 7."

Most Memorable Goal: "Overtime in the '94 Stanley Cup Conference semifinal, which was Dallas."

Strangest Game: "I remember one time in Boston we walked to the rink because we had a snowstorm. And there was 3,000 people in the stands because, of course, nobody could get to the rink. That was kind of strange that we even played it."

Funniest Player Encountered: "Marc Bergevin is one of them, current GM of the Montreal Canadiens. Brett Hull - very sarcastic, very funny."

Favorite Uniforms:
 "Chicago Blackhawks."

Closest NHL Friends: "Brett Hull. Patrice Brisebois."

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "Scott Stevens. Steve Yzerman, I thought."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Probably just coming out on the ice and falling in front of ten or fifteen thousand people in the warm-up or something like that. (Where?) I believe it was in New York."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Football."

Funny Hockey Memory:
 "I'm trying to think of a story not too bad (laughs). I think one time Tony Twist - it was one of his first shifts - he was a tough guy in St. Louis. He got on the ice and he went to flip the puck at the red line, to dump it in. And he dumped it so high that he crossed the blueline before the puck went over, to put himself offside. So we were kinda laughing at the bench. Not too loud, because he was a pretty tough guy. He was laughing about it also, I remember that."

Favorite Arena To Play: "The old Chicago Stadium."

Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: "I used to love to watch Joe Montana quarterback in football. I'll go back to my time...I used to love to watch Michael Jordan. And today I guess I like to watch Sidney Crosby."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I admire people that are star players that perform day in and day out. Because I think that's the hardest thing to do in sports. I think the star players that can do that impress me because I played at this level and I know how hard it is to maintain it. I played 13 years, I was pretty proud of that. To see the star player do that with that type of pressure is impressive."

Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski's second book "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew" is available on Malinowski is the creator of two websites: and

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