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Steve Shutt

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Status: Hall of Fame NHL left winger played for Montreal and Los Angeles from 1972-1985

5-foot-11 Wt: 180 pounds

DOB: July 1, 1952 In: Willowdale, Ont.

Hockey Inspirations:
"Growing up in Toronto, a lot of the Leafs - Johnny Bower, Frank Mahovlich. In my first year of pro I got to play with Frank. Bobby Hull. It was kind of neat when I broke his record (for goals by a LW - 60 - in 1976-77)."

First Hockey Memory: "We had a rink in our backyard our dad used to make. Our neighbor let us use her property, so we had a great big rink. We had lights and played day and night."

Hobbies/Interests: "I played polo for 12 years. I got hurt more there than playing hockey. Boating. Sporting clays."

Nicknames: "Shutty."

Favorite Movies: "Probably Aviator."

Last Book Read: "I read a lot by Clive Cussler."

Favorite Arenas To Play: "The old, Original Six buildings - Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Toronto. They were unique places to play in."

First Job:
"Canada Pacific Railroad - clean the cars (age 17)."

Current Car: "Buick Enclave."

Greatest Sports Moment: "I think probably the greatest moment in my career - it was not one particular moment. But playing with the guys who won the four Stanley Cups. That was a great moment- that was a great team. Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur, Serge Savard, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Gainey, Jarvis, Jimmy Roberts, Mario Tremblay, Pierre Bouchard. Not only did we have a great team, it was ‘a team.’ Nobody was better than the other guy. Who was better - me, who scored 50 goals? Or Bob Gainey, who stopped 50? There was a real camaraderie with everybody on the team."

Most Painful Moment: "It was probably getting traded to Los Angeles."

Favorite Uniforms: "I would definitely have to say Montreal, Chicago or Boston."

Closest NHL Friends:
"Living down here in Mobile, Alabama, there's not too many guys down here. With players, everybody scatters. I see Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Larry Robinson. But we all live in different cities."

Funniest Player Encountered: "Guy Lapointe. He was without a doubt, the biggest prankster of all-time. Every time he was around you had to be careful - keep one eye on him and one eye on what you were doing. You never knew what he could do."

Toughest Competitor Encountered: "Lots. I would say Terry O'Reilly. I'd also say the toughest competitor I ever saw was Henri Richard. You don't win 11 Stanley Cups at 160 pounds without being tough - and he was the toughest."

Favorite Players To Watch:
"I really like just teams. I like Montreal just with their speed. Edmonton because of their speed. There's some great players. Sidney Crosby - the way he works so hard. Ovechkin - I wonder how long he will last. I also like Martin St-Louis. He reminds me of Henri Richard. He comes to play every night."

Funny Hockey Memory:
"We played back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday. I believe it was with New York. We flew in at 2 a.m. Everybody is tired. The team gets off the bus and everybody follows the guy in front of you. Guy Lapointe was in front. He took everybody into a back alley. And then he turns around and does, “Bwaaaaa!” Lapointe was always doing things. You'd come in from practice - he'd cut everybody's underwear and socks. And cut his own too, so he wouldn't get caught (smiles)."

Strangest Game: "The absolute strangest game was the night in Montreal - the party Quebecois was elected in Quebec (1976). We were playing the game, people were watching - at that time we had a ticker, not the big scoreboard, it said the PQ was taking the lead against the Liberals. There was a quiet applause. Then there were more updates saying the lead was getting bigger. We would be skating down the ice and there would be a great roar. By the end nobody was watching the game, they were watching the ticker. And we were watching it, too. Ken (Dryden) wrote about that game in his book. It was a very strange game. (Who won?) I don't even know. I think we did. Against St. Louis. It was really secondary to the whole night."

Most Memorable Goal: "Geez...most memorable goal...probably the two goals I scored against the Quebec Nordiques in the playoffs to win the series. They call it the St. Valentines Day Massacre. That's when we had the big fight. I was sitting on the bench. Jacques Lemaire was coaching. After the fight there were only six players on the bench. I looked at Jacques, he looked at me. I told him, ‘You have to play me now.’ I scored two goals in the third period and we ended up winning the game and the series. I believe it was Game 6."

People Qualities Most Admired:
"I just want them to be honest. That's all."

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