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Raphael Diaz

Raphael Diaz was undrafted, but has spent the past two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, after playing for Zug of the Swiss League eight years in a row. (Photo by Francois Laplante/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Raphael Diaz was undrafted, but has spent the past two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, after playing for Zug of the Swiss League eight years in a row. (Photo by Francois Laplante/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Montreal Canadiens defenseman.

Ht: 5-foot-11 Wt: 197 pounds
 
DOB: Jan. 9, 1986 In: Baar, Switzerland

First Hockey Memory: "I liked playing the tournaments. Being there and having like two days of just hockey, Saturday and Sunday, are memories I remember all the time."
 
Hockey Inspiration(s): "It's fast, compact. And it's interesting that you skate on skates. I think it's interesting to play hockey."
 
Last Book Read: "Was from Rafael Nadal from tennis. Good book. Interesting."
 
First Famous Hockey Player You Met Or Encountered: "It was back in Switzerland, it was an import player - Ken Yaremchuk."

Greatest Sports Moment: "First time when I stepped on the ice as a Montreal Canadien."

Most Painful Moment: "Injured last year."
 
Most Memorable Goal: "First one in the NHL against Buffalo."
 
Funniest Players Encountered: "Paul DiPietro."
 
Closest Hockey Friend(s): "Here it's Max Pacioretty."
 
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "Ovechkin (chuckles)."
 
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Like embarrassing loss? The loss when we lost 6-0 at home against Toronto. Like a big derby like that. It's not good."
 
Nicknames: "Rafa or Raffi."
 
Favorite Uniforms: "Canadiens, yeah."
 
Strangest Game: "Once in Switzerland, the game was starting, four minutes into the game. Some fan pulled off some kind of smoke bomb and then we couldn't see and they canceled the game. The whole game. I remember that. The bomb was going on the ice and you couldn't see anymore. Because the guy was a fan of the other team, in their sector, we won the game 5-0. The gave us the game by forfeit."
 
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Soccer."
 
Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: "Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Iniesta (Soccer star from Spain)."
 
Current Car: "Jeep."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Honest people. Friendly. Happy."

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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