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Ryan Parent

Ryan Parent was drafted 18th overall in 2005 by the Nashville Predators, who later traded him to Philadelphia as part of the Peter Forsberg deal. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Ryan Parent was drafted 18th overall in 2005 by the Nashville Predators, who later traded him to Philadelphia as part of the Peter Forsberg deal. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Status: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman
 
Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 205 pounds

DOB: March 17, 1987 In: Prince Albert, Sask.

First Hockey Memory:
"Actually not even ice hockey, but probably playing mini sticks in the basement with my brother (Adam)."
 
Hockey Inspirations:
"Growing up I liked Wayne Gretzky and every team he was on, like Edmonton, and then I liked L.A. because of him."

Nicknames:
"Right now my nickname is 'Bernie' from Bernie Parent."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities:
"I love guitar; I like playing guitar. I like golf. I like summertime water sports, boating, stuff like that."

Favorite Movies:
"I liked Old School, Wedding Crashers."

Last Book Read:
"Motley Crue, Dirty Little Secrets or whatever it's called (The Dirt). The book of Motley Crue's band."

Musical Tastes
: "Jack Johnson, Ben Harper."

First Job:
"I did some landscaping for a contractor."

First Car:
" '98 Dodge Avenger."

Current Car:
"BMW M5."

Greatest Sports Moment:
"Can't think of just one. My first NHL game; conference final against Pittsburgh three years ago. And gold medal for Canada in the world juniors."

Most Painful Moment:
"Probably when I had to have surgery last year."
 
Embarrassing Hockey Memory:
"I got stuck coming out of the penalty box; my pants got caught in the door and I fell over on the ice. The puck came at me; I didn't know where I was or anything. I was rolling around. You could hear people in the stands laughing."

Favorite Uniforms:
"I like ours – orange jersey. And I've always liked Montreal's as well. Their old ones. I grew up a Montreal fan, so I appreciate their jerseys."

Last Halloween Costume
: "I was a police officer."

Favorite Meal:
"Probably breakfast – standard eggs and toast."
 
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
"Chocolate raspberry."

Funny Hockey Memory
: "Last year or two years ago, when (Scott) Hartnell chucked his glove at a guy going down on a breakaway. And he had a penalty shot later on in the year when he did an absolutely hilarious move and he ended up falling on the goalie."

Closest Hockey Friend:
"Probably (Darroll) Powe."

Funniest Player Encountered
: "Scotty Hartnell is one of them. He's just a funny guy; upbeat, he brings a lot of energy."

Strangest Game
: "One time in juniors, the Zamboni – it stalled before it went off –  so it melted a hole in the ice. And then to try and bring it back, they brought out fire extinguishers to spray that on the ice. I guess it's cold. But it ended up making a huge, massive mound. That caused a bit of a delay."

Most Memorable Goal
: "First (and only) NHL goal."

Last Vacation:
"I haven't been on one in a couple years. Dominican, I guess."

Personality Qualities Most Admired:
"I like humor. I like people who are real laid back. Just kind of good people, all in all."

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