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Steve Kasper

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Status: NHL forward from 1980-1993 with Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay. Currently serves as a scout for Toronto.

Ht: 5-foot-8 Wt: 175 pounds

Sept. 28, 1961 In: St-Lambert, Que.

First Hockey Memory: "I remember growing up in the Montreal area, I grew up in a town called St-Lambert. Just playing in the outdoor rinks. I was very fortunate we had the climate and the town had the facilities for us. Every day we weren't in school we were out skating. Those are my memories."

Hockey Inspiration: "As a young kid Jean Beliveau was my favorite player. As I got older, in my teens, it was easy to like the Montreal Canadiens. They won four Cups in a row, they were a great team to watch."

Nickname: "I was called ‘Ghost’ a couple of times. I went by ‘Grizz’ a lot. (Why?) We used to grow playoff beards and mine didn't always come in great and ‘Grizz’ stuck."

Last Book Read: "George Bush's latest book."

Favorite Movies: "I gotta be honest, Slapshot was a real hit for me. I think it was a well done movie. Recently I saw The Fighter. It was very good."

Current Car: "Lexus RX 300."

First Job: "Paper route for Montreal Gazette. And in the summer, moving furniture for a moving company."

First Car: "Chevrolet Monza (blue)."

Favorite Meal:
"That's a real tough one, but I'm a meat and potatoes guy. A nice piece of prime rib."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Cookie dough."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably 1988 playing with the Boston Bruins. We eliminated Montreal. And it was a second round playoff series. But over the span of 45 years the Bruins had tried 26 times and failed all 26 times. So it was finally a great relief to win that series."

Most Painful Moment: "I would say the same year, losing in the Stanley Cup final."

Favorite Uniforms: "I work for Toronto. Toronto has the nicest uniforms. I love our uniforms."

Most Memorable Goal: "When we eliminated Montreal. I scored a couple in the decisive game. I guess they stick with me. But I don't really look back on any of the goals as that big a thing. It's just part of playing.

Closest NHL Friend(s):
"Ray Bourque."

Toughest Competitors Encountered: "My friend Ray Bourque was just an incredible competitor. But to play against - Bryan Trottier, Peter Stastny, players like that, they were pretty hard to play against."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Everyone has them if you're out there long enough. I guess after being traded from Boston to Los Angeles I came back into Boston Garden and I lost a faceoff in overtime that was scored against on the play. That was pretty disappointing. I had lost a key draw.

Funny Hockey Memory: "In junior hockey, I played for Verdun Blackhawks in the Quebec Major Junior League. We had played a game in Shawinigan. The game had started and one of our players changed on the fly - and he had forgot to take his skate-guards off. So he couldn't stand up. He slipped at center ice and was crawling back to the bench. It was very funny. (Who was it?) Ghislain Gelinas."

Strangest Game: "Two come to mind. 1988, the semifinal against New Jersey, the referees refused to do the game. They had a game with substitute referees. They wore New Jersey sweat pants with yellow practice jerseys to referee the game. That same season in the Stanley Cup final against Edmonton, the lights went out in the middle of Game 4 and they had to cancel the game and replay it. Very strange."

Favorite Arenas To Play: "I loved the Boston Garden. I love the old buildings. I loved to play the Colisee in Quebec. I loved playing in the Montreal Forum. And I liked playing in the old Auditorium in Buffalo. (What was it about the Colisee that was special?) I just thought it was everything about the city, from the people and the fans - the building had character. I loved staying in the hotel - Chateau Frontenac - beautiful hotel, the meals, in old Quebec. I just thought everything about it was hockey."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Football."

People/Personality Qualities Most Admired:
"Well, I think everyone should be polite. And if you can help someone, help them. I guess it's easy to say, but I just think a lot of people don't do that. I think starting every day without looking for any problems and if you can help someone, go ahead and do it."

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