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Jay Bouwmeester

Jay Bouwmeester has 21 points and a minus-9 rating in 49 games with the Flames this season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Jay Bouwmeester has 21 points and a minus-9 rating in 49 games with the Flames this season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Status: Calgary Flames defenseman. 2006 Olympian.

DOB: Sept. 27, 1983 In: Edmonton

Ht: 6-foot-4 Wt: 215 pounds

First Hockey Memory: "In Canada, it's just kind of something you grow up with. I remember being a little kid and going home and skating outside, that sort of thing."

Hockey Inspirations:
"I was a Detroit fan growing up so I liked Steve Yzerman."

Last Book Read: "Into The Silence."

Current Car:
"Is a Chevy pick-up."

Nicknames: "I don't have too many. ‘Bo,’ that's the obvious one."

Greatest Sports Moment(s):
"Probably won a couple of world championships, played in one of the Olympics. So that's probably the highlights."

Most Painful Moment:
"Haven't had too many. Broke my foot one time, that was my worst. (Who shot it?) Brent Sopel I think."

Favorite Uniforms: "Chicago."

Closest Hockey Friends: "Probably Steve Montador, he's playing for Chicago right now."

Funniest Players Encountered:
"Sean Hill was a funny guy. Jamie McLennan."

Toughest Competitors Encountered:
"There's different guys who do different things. There's a lot. There's not too many guys who you would say aren't. To get to this level you have to have some sort of drive."

Strangest Game: "Nothing too crazy. I've had a couple of pretty lopsided games where the score got out of hand, but that's about as crazy as it gets. One of my first years we lost to Washington 12-2 I think. That was the worst beating I've ever been a part of."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Baseball."

Funny Hockey Memory: "Lots of stuff, like every day. If you're not laughing and you're doing this then something's wrong. But nothing really stands out. Lots of stuff."

Last Vacation: "Went to Nepal last summer."

Favorite Player(s) To Watch: "Crosby. Corey Perry, Getzlaf, those guys in Anaheim, they're good. The guys in Detroit - Datsyuk, Zetterberg. In defenseman - I appreciate guys like Nick Lidstrom, those sort of guys."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I guess honesty. And good-natured people."

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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