Status: Phoenix Coyotes right winger (interview was done prior to trade from the Rangers).
HT: 6-ft-0 WT: 175 pounds
DOB: Sept. 14, 1982 In: Chrudim, Czech Republic
Hockey Inspirations: "It used to be Pavel Bure, when he used to play he was amazing. I remember I saw his performance in the Olympic Games when he scored five goals. It was unbelievable what he did there, so, it was him."
First Hockey Memory: "I remember when I was playing on the rink where there was no roof. It was like my first experience where you go through pre-school hockey or something like that, I don't know how you guys call it…No roof. It wasn't even a building, it was only the rink (age 5)."
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "For sure I like playing other sports like tennis, soccer or whatever's good for getting in shape during the summer. So, stuff like that. I like to travel."
Nicknames: "Nothing special. Just 'Pruchs.' "
Favorite Movie: "Old School."
Last Book Read: "Twilight."
Favorite TV Show: "Friends."
Musical Tastes: "I like U2."
First Job: "Cleaning windshields of cars in a gas station."
First Car: "Skoda (red)."
Current Car: "Mercedes (silver)."
Favorite Uniforms: "Rangers."
Pre-game Feeling: "Just clearing my head totally. Don't think about anything, just be focused."
Favorite Meal: "Dumplings with strawberries."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla with chocolate sauce."
Greatest Sports Moment: "That's lots of things. I would start with winning the championship in Czech. Then winning the world championship (2005). And my first game for the New York Rangers (2005); my first NHL goal. Stuff like that."
Most Painful Moment: "Every time you lose it's painful. So all losses I ever had (laughs)."
Closest Hockey Friend(s): "My whole team."
Funniest Player Encountered: "'Gomer' (Scott Gomez)."
Toughest Competitors: "'Orrsie' (Colton Orr)."
Funny Hockey Memory: "I tell you, when I was back in the Czech Republic in the league I had a breakaway, well it wasn't a breakaway, but I was waiting for a pass from behind. And I had turned back and the goalie came in front of me and laid down and I tried to jump over him and I couldn't make it so he hit me in the legs and I made a whole flip. So it was pretty funny, because I wasn't injured…If I would have got injured I wouldn't laugh about it. It was awesome."
Favorite Players To Watch: "(Pavel) Datsyuk. I like Marian Hossa, too. (Nikolai) Zherdev, too, is pretty nice to watch on the ice. I like those guys who can handle the puck really well."
Last Vacation: "Miami."
Strangest Game: "I remember, well, I didn't play that game, but I remember that game we were up 5-0 and we lost in overtime (to Montreal). It was pretty hard to even watch it. It was a strange game because it never happened in my life. Other than that, when we lost the game in Buffalo in the playoffs. Last seconds, we were up 1-0 and they tied the game with seven seconds left and we lost in OT. Very painful.”
People Qualities Most Admired: "Be fair to people. Be honest. Be funny. Don't make a big deal about if somebody is making fun of you. Just be cool all the time."
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