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Tom Pyatt

Tom Pyatt has five points and a minus-6 rating in 35 games with Tampa Bay this season. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Tom Pyatt has five points and a minus-6 rating in 35 games with Tampa Bay this season. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Tampa Bay Lightning right winger.

Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 187 pounds

DOB: Feb. 14, 1987 In: Thunder Bay, Ont.

Early Hockey Memory: "Being on the outdoor rink in my backyard. Playing my first organized game when I was five."

Nicknames: "Bomber, Tom The Bomb, Py or Pyzey."

Hockey Inspirations: "My dad (Nelson) growing up, he played in the National Hockey League for a few years in the ‘70s. Pretty neat thing for a kid to have a dad who played in the NHL. I looked up to him growing up and he really taught me a lot."

Last Book Read:
"Unbroken."

Current Car: "Chevy Tahoe."

Greatest Sports Moment:
"Playing in my first NHL game in Boston (with Montreal in 2009)."

Most Painful Moment: "Struggling in my first year of pro, being sent down to East Coast (League in Charlotte in 2008)."

Favorite Uniforms:
"I like the Blackhawks."

Favorite Arena: "MSG."

Closest Hockey Friends: "Mark Staal."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Eric Brewer. Just a funny guy, has that negative humor all the time. So it's pretty good."

Toughest Competitors Encountered: "A team or players? (Both.) Boston Bruins. They have a few guys that are tough to play against."

Most Memorable Goal: "First NHL goal against Washington."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory:
"Missing an empty net. In junior. Should have been a goal."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Soccer."

Strangest Game: "I never had anything really weird. Just there's games where guys get injured and a lot of penalties and there's six guys on the bench."

Funny Hockey Memory:
"I can't think of anything too crazy. Maybe just when you're filling the garbage can with water, so when they open the door, as soon as the door opens, there's water everywhere. Nothing too crazy."

Last Vacation: "I went to Punta Cana last summer after the season."

Favorite Player(s) To Watch:
"I have to go with Pavel Datsyuk. He's my current favorite player in the NHL. He's fun to watch. Not fun to play against."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Positive attitude. Sense of humor."

Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski's second book "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew" is available on www.amazon.com. Malinowski is the creator of two websites: www.thebiofile.com and www.tennis-prose.com

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