Status: New York Rangers center
HT: 6-foot-6 WT: 230 pounds
DOB: Feb. 18, 1980 In: Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
Hockey Inspirations: "I always liked when Mario Lemieux was playing."
First Hockey Memory: "I guess my first road trip with my team. I was seven years old and I forgot my shin pads, so I played two games without 'em. That was something special."
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "I like to fish in the summer time. So, big fisherman. (Any tennis or golf?) Tennis, yes. But golf only when I have to (laughs)."
Nicknames: "Guys just call me Nikky or Antros."
Favorite Movies: "Comedies. Dumb & Dumber. I like Jim Carrey."
Last Book Read: "Oh, I'm not really a big book guy, you know?"
Favorite TV Shows: "CSI, probably."
Musical Tastes: "Mostly dance or hip hop."
First Job: "Never had one."
First Car: "Lada, Russian."
Current Car: "I have a Mercedes (white)."
Pregame Feeling: "I try not to think about it. I just try to relax and see goals in the game."
Favorite Meal: "I like sushi and steak."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla."
Greatest Sports Moment: "It was the first goal in the NHL. And beating Canada in the world juniors."
Favorite Uniforms: "Rangers, obviously (laughs). You know what? I've always been playing in my career in blue and white, so whatever is that. The Rangers is blue and white with a little bit of red."
Closest NHL Friends(s): "Alex Ponikarovsky in Toronto."
Funniest Player Encountered: "Who, me (laughs)? I don't know."
Favorite Non-Hockey Sports: "I like to watch the NFL and play tennis."
Favorite Arena(s) To Play: "I like Chicago. Montreal is pretty nice arena. MSG is something special. And Vancouver’s GM Place."
Funny Hockey Memory: "About my shin pads, again I say. That's pretty funny. (Didn't you get hit on the shins at all?) I played without them, I didn't get hurt. Coach actually figured it out after the second game, (he) pulled one of the guys, sat him down and gave me his shin pads."
Favorite Players To Watch: "I try not to watch too much hockey, you know? Try to spend time with family. (Other sports?) Federer. FC Barcelona. Manchester United."
Last Vacation: "Last off-season, Turks and Caicos."
Most Memorable Goal: "The biggest, I would say all the goals I scored in overtime. One of them."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Just nice, simple guys. No liars. I don't like people who are lying. Just normal guy, nothing special. Truthfulness. Don't like the guys who are lying."
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