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Steve Downie

Steve Downie was traded to Tampa Bay from Philadelphia in 2008. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Steve Downie was traded to Tampa Bay from Philadelphia in 2008. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Tampa Bay Lightning right winger
 
Ht:
5-foot-11 Wt: 200 pounds

DOB: April 3, 1987 In: Newmarket, Ont.

First Hockey Memory: "My first skating memory was getting pushed around in a chair on a pond back home. And I was crying because everyone else could skate and I couldn't skate."

Nicknames: "Downs is pretty much it."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "Golf, movies, I like sitting on the couch."
 
Favorite Movie: "Billy Madison."

Last Book Read: "Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter."
 
Favorite TV Show: "Family Guy."
 
Musical Tastes: "Country."

Hockey Inspirations: "I was a Toronto guy growing up, so Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark, the Leafs."

First Job: "Grocery store, stocking apples."

First Car: "A Dodge Neon with white hubcaps."
 
Current Car: "2008 Escalade (white)."
 
Favorite Meal: "Lasagna, chicken parm."
 
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Strawberry."

Pre-Game Feeling: "I'm laid back before a game. Like to joke around, like to have fun. That's about it."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably winning the gold medal in the world juniors. I'd have to say that. That and scoring my first NHL goal."

Most Painful Moment: "Probably losing to Pittsburgh in the playoffs two years ago."

Favorite Uniforms: "I like Tampa Bay's. Tampa Bay's are good."

Favorite Arena: "Montreal is good. Toronto's good. I like Montreal."

Funny Hockey Memory: "In junior, I had my car got put on jacks by a couple guys and I had to bike to practice, that was pretty funny."

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Closest NHL Friends: "I'd have to say my closest are back home, my hockey buddies. (In Tampa?) I'd say Zenon Konopka."
 
Funniest Player Encountered: "Zenon Konopka. He's got some screws loose, that's why I like him (smiles)."

Toughest Competitors: "Toughest to play against, I'd say (Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby. They really gave it to us, they're good players."
 
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Went out to practice with my skate-guards on once. That was pretty embarrassing when I was in Philly. The guys were laughing at me pretty good. (You fell?) I didn't really...yeah, I fell. Yeah, I fell (smiles)."

Strangest Game: "We played New Jersey and the lights went out halfway through the game and we had to come back the next day. That was wild. It never happened to me before."

Most Memorable Goal: "First NHL goal, definitely. It was against Toronto, in Toronto."

Favorite Players To Watch: "Growing up, Wendel Clark, Dougie Gilmour, Toronto guys. (Vincent) Lecavalier, (Martin) St-Louis – I like to watch them."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I like all kinds of personalities – outgoing, funny. I like funny people. People that make a lot of jokes and are outgoing."

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