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Ryan Bourque

Ryan Bourque has four goals and eight points in 20 games with the Connecticut Whale this season. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Ryan Bourque has four goals and eight points in 20 games with the Connecticut Whale this season. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Connecticut Whale forward. Property of New York Rangers.

DOB: Jan. 3, 1991 In: Boston
 
Ht: 5-foot-9 Wt: 168 pounds
 
First Hockey Memory: "Probably when I was three years old and going to the rink with my dad in the old Boston Garden and just being able to go to the rink. I couldn't even see over the boards at that point, but it was just a blast, I was extremely fortunate to be able to do that."
 
Hockey Inspirations: "Like as role models? I think obviously, when you have a Hall of Fame father, that's pretty easy to pick him. But I think my brother has been a great inspiration to me too. How competitive he's been with me in the past. I think inspirations - Zach Parise, just the things that he does and what he brings to the table, night in and night out. And his work ethic. I really appreciate what he does."

Last Book Read: "Was Hank Kuehne's book on Tiger, The Big Myth."

Current Car: "I drive a Mercedes, C Class."
 
Greatest Sports Moment: "So far has been winning gold in Saskatoon with the world juniors (2010)."

Most Painful Moment: "Is probably losing to Canada the following year in the semifinal."

Favorite Uniforms: "I loved the Rangers uniforms growing up, I've always adored it. I think it's kinda funny how I was drafted by them. Just the blue shirts and the emblem and everything about it is my favorite."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Strawberry."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Was when my dad's number got retired in Colorado. I went out on the carpet when they were raising his banner and I fell on the carpet on the ice in front of a soldout crowd in Colorado (smiles)."
 
First Famous Hockey Player You Met Or Encountered: "I was fortunate enough to be able to go to a room full of Boston Bruins legends growing up. And be able to go to All-Star Games as well, so I'm appreciative for that and extremely fortunate to witness that."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Probably last year Francois Bouchard was a riot. But I think Kris Newbury is a very funny teammate. There's a bunch of funny guys in the room."

Most Memorable Goal: "Probably overtime in playoffs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League."

Strangest Game: "I think playing against my brother last year for the first time was pretty odd, but I think the more we play the more we'll get used to it and just treat it like any other game."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Golf. I love golf."
 
Three Athletes You Like To Watch and Follow: "Tiger Woods. I love watching him. Messi in soccer. And Sidney Crosby is fun to watch in hockey."
 
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Probably just their character and work ethic. And how much of a team player you are. And someone you can count on, someone you can stand next to in the room and know he's gonna go to work and do his job that night."

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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