Ryan Callahan has one goal and an even rating through six games this season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Status: New York Rangers captain. 2010 U.S. Olympic silver medalist.
Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 188 pounds
DOB: March 21, 1985 In: Rochester, N.Y.
First Hockey Memory: "Probably is watching Rochester Americans when I was really young. My dad used to take me to the games and me and my brother were watching them play (age five). I remember enjoying going to games and watching them play."
Hockey Inspirations: "I'd say my biggest hockey inspiration would probably be Brian Gionta. Our families are pretty close, I played with his younger brother (Steve) growing up. Just looking up to him and seeing everything he's done really inspires me."
Favorite Movie: "Wedding Crashers, Slapshot."
Musical Tastes: "Country, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn."
Nicknames: "Cal, Cally, Cal-Dog."
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: "Away from the rink I like playing a lot of golf."
First Car: "Honda Civic (red)."
First Job: "Pointing cars where to park. A valet service at a restaurant called The Pavilion in Rochester."
Favorite Meal: "Is probably spaghetti and meatballs."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Vanilla."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably scoring my first NHL goal."
Most Painful Moment: "When I was younger, actually got cut from travel team, that was pretty painful (age 14)."
Favorite Uniforms: "I like the Rangers actually - really traditional and have a lot of history in them."
Funny Hockey Memory: "Actually when I was younger I fell asleep on the ice one time during practice when I was really little. Parents have that on video so that's pretty funny."
Closest Hockey Friends: "Dan Girardi."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Sean Avery's quite the character. (What is it about him?) I don't know, he always has something to say and he's always making a joke here and there. And he's always fun to be around."
Favorite Arena: "Madison Square Garden."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Someone who shows a lot of character and really takes pride in their work ethic and how they work on the ice and off the ice."
Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski's second book "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew" will be available on www.amazon.com in September. Malinowski is the creator of two websites: www.thebiofile.com and www.tennis-prose.com
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