Mark Malinowski

Mark 'Scoop' Malnowski is a New Jersey-based journalist and author who has contributed his "Getting To Know" features to thn.com since 2008. He has been creating "Biofile" features since 1992 (thebiofile.com) and is the co-creator and contributor to tennis-prose.com. 'Scoop has also published three books: “Heavyweight Armageddon! The Tyson-Lewis Championship Battle” (2008), “Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew” (2011) and "Facing Federer" (2013).

Getting To Know: Matt Read

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Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers

Status: Philadelphia Flyers right wing.

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 185

DOB: June 14, 1986 In: Ilderton, Ontario

First Hockey Memory: “I remember seeing pictures of playing hockey in the basement or out in the street, when you’re two or three playing with your brother. I have a picture on my cellphone from that and it’s something I’d say is my earliest time of playing hockey.”
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Getting To Know: Jim Thomson

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Status: NHL right wing from 1986-1993 with Hartford, Washington, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Ottawa.

DOB: December 30, 1965 In: Edmonton, Alberta

First Hockey Memory: “I borrowed a pair of skates. I grew up in a mobile house park, Westview Village in Winterburn, Alberta. I was six years old and one of my friends lent me his dad’s skates. They were too big but I skated around and couldn’t stop. I fell in love with it.” Read more

Getting To Know: Harold Phillipoff

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Harold Phillipoff. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: NHL left winger from 1977-1980 for Atlanta and Chicago.

HT: 6-foot-3  WT: 230 pounds

DOB: July 14, 1956 IN: Kamsack, Sask.

First Hockey Memory: “I think every kid’s first hockey memory growing up in Saskatchewan is playing on the driveway without skates or playing in the basement.”

Hockey Inspirations: ”Before there was Bobby Orr there was Gordie Howe. But as a kid I was inspired by Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Frank Mahovlich, Boom Boom Geoffrion…I remember him because of his name. I got to meet him in Atlanta. Great guy.” Read more

Getting To Know: Mick Vukota

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Mick Vukota. (Photo by Scott Levy/Getty Images)

Status: NHL right winger from 1987-98 with New York Islanders, Montreal and Tampa Bay.

DOB: Sept. 14, 1966 In: Saskatoon, Sask.

First Hockey Memory: ”My dad taking my skates off after a game on an outdoor rink and holding my frozen feet in his hands rubbing them. It hurt so bad once I could feel them again. They were way better frozen.” Read more