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Esa Tikkanen

Esa Tikkanen scored 630 points in 877 career NHL games with Edmonton, the Rangers, St. Louis, New Jersey, Vancouver, Florida and Washington. (THN Archives)

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Esa Tikkanen scored 630 points in 877 career NHL games with Edmonton, the Rangers, St. Louis, New Jersey, Vancouver, Florida and Washington. (THN Archives)

Status: NHL left winger played from 1985-1999 with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals.

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 200 pounds

DOB: January 25, 1965 In: Helsinki, Finland

First Hockey Memory: "I saw Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe for the first time in 1972 at the World Championship in Helsinki. I was a little boy, the stickboy. I met them when I was seven. I got Bobby Hull's stick. I still have that at home."

Nicknames: "Tik, Tiki, ET, The Grate One, Elmer – from Bubba Joe Kocur."

Favorite Movies: "Top Gun, Lethal Weapon, Action Jackson, action movies."

Musical Tastes: "AC/DC, Phil Collins."

Hockey Inspirations: "Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe."

First Job: "Selling food at the marketplace in the summertime (age 12)."

First Car: "1984 blue Datsun."

Favorite Meal: "Lasagna, veal parmigiana, spaghetti."

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: "Corn Flakes."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla, with chocolate sauce, too."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Winning the Stanley Cup. 1990 was most important, though. Nobody expected we could win when Wayne left. We had a great team of 20 guys."

Most Painful Moment: "Any time we lost in the playoffs."

Favorite Uniforms: "Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers."

Funny Hockey Memory: "I like to keep humor going on all the time in the locker room. That's the type of guy I am. Sometimes you lost a game, you are sad, but you have to remember, life goes on. You can't think about it for too long. Most importantly you have to have fun. I think everybody knows that. Keep jokes going on."

Closest Hockey Friend: "Jari Kurri. We played together for seven years. Still keep in touch. We see each other in Finland. Those are great moments."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Mike Richter, Tony Amonte. Mike Richter is funny and a good friend, too. When I first came to New York he loaned me his car. He was a great help."

Toughest Competitor: "Claude Lemieux and Cam Neely."

Most Memorable Goal: "Game 7 overtime against Calgary in 1991 playoffs."

Favorite Sport To Watch Outside Hockey: "Basketball."

Last Halloween Costume: "Zorro – in Edmonton."

Favorite Athletes To Watch: "Michael Jordan. John McEnroe. Ivan Lendl. Jimmy Connors. I remember watching Connors play at the U.S. Open. Everybody was behind him. Those are great moments."

Career Accomplishments: Member of five Stanley Cup-winning teams (1985, '87, '88, '90 with Edmonton; 1994 with New York Rangers); 1998 Olympic bronze medalist.

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