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: Former NHLer Blaine Stoughton

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Blaine Stoughton. (Getty Images)

Status: NHL and WHA right winger from 1973-1984 for Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Cincinnati Stingers, Indianapolis Racers, New England Whalers, Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers

DOB: March 13, 1953 In: Gilbert Plains, Man.

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 185

First Hockey Memory: “First hockey memory…wow. That’s a tough one. Watching or listening to it on the radio when I was five or six.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “I guess leading the league (NHL) in goals (56) in 1979-80. With Hartford.”

Most Painful Moment: “I guess physically, I broke my leg in the first game of the playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens. There was about five seconds left in the period. We dumped the puck in and the puck was there at the dot. I tried to make the effort to get a shot off before the buzzer and I got hit. By Serge Savard, who was not a malicious guy at all. It broke my ankle.”

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Getting To Know: Former NHL defenseman Jocelyn Guevremont

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Jocelyn Guevremont. (Getty Images)

Status: NHL defenseman from 1971-1980 for Vancouver, Buffalo and New York Rangers.

DOB: March 1, 1951 In: Montreal

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 202

First Hockey Memory: “I think my dad (Roger) bought a pair of skates for me before I could even walk.”

Hockey Inspirations: “Jacques Laperierre, Bobby Hull, Maurice Richard, JC Tremblay.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “I have two. The draft day in 1971 (selected third overall). And the year we went to (Stanley Cup) finals. The first game in Philadelphia. I remember starting the game and my knees wouldn’t stop shaking.”

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Getting To Know: former NHLer Randy Velischek

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Randy Velischek, right. (Getty Images)

Status: Former NHL defenseman from 1983-1992 for Minnesota, New Jersey, and Quebec. Currently serves as a high school hockey coach for Morristown Beard School in New Jersey. Also serves as the hockey director at Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown, NJ.

Ht: 6-foot Wt: 200 pounds

DOB: February 10, 1962 In: Montreal

First Hockey Memory: “Skating on the lake before the snow. And be able to keep going without stopping, hours on end, chasing a puck around the ice. Up in northern Quebec.”

Hockey Inspirations: “I’d have to say Larry Robinson, Guy Lafleur, Bob Gainey. Three very classy players. I was a Montreal Canadiens fan. They were the best hockey team in the 1970s. When they lost I used to cry.”

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Getting to Know: Former defenseman Kim Clackson

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Kim Clackson, right.

Status: Former NHL and WHA defenseman from 1975-1981 for Indianapolis Racers, Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguin, Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs. Currently is a Senior Vice President for CBRE Real Estate in Pittsburgh.

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 195

DOB: February 13, 1955 In: Saskatoon, Sask.

First Hockey Memory: “I remember some long, cold days in Saskatoon. I remember skating when I was four or five and I kept falling down on the ice and hitting my head with no helmet, just a toque, which was all I had rolled up for a shock absorber.” Should have known then, it was just the start of things to come.

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Getting To Know: Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne

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Marcel Dionne. (Getty Images)

Status: NHL center from 1971-1989 for Detroit, Los Angeles and New York Rangers. Currently ranks fifth all-time with 731 NHL goals. Operates sports and memorabila store Marcel Dionne Inc. in Niagara Falls, Ont.

DOB: August 3, 1951 In: Drummondville, Quebec

First Hockey Memory: “Are you kidding me? There’s none [laughs]! I didn’t think this was possible. I was lucky just to find a way to play hockey and have a successful junior career in Drummondville and St. Catharines and then eventually turning pro and playing another eighteen years. I think sometimes it was pure luck. I was lucky. Luck was on my side.”

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Getting To Know: Bruce Driver

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Bruce Driver. (Getty Images)

 

Status: NHL defenseman from 1983-1998 for New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. President of the Devils Alumni Association. Part-owner/President/General manager of Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown, NJ. Coach of the Morristown-Beard girls ice hockey team for sixteen seasons.

DOB: April 29, 1962 In: Etobicoke, Ontario

First Hockey Memory: “Probably learning to skate. I have an older brother (Gary) two years older and my father (Gord) played a little bit. We grew up in Toronto. My brother started playing and my dad was coaching and I wanted to get on the ice. I remember pushing a steel chair with full equipment on when I was three. By four I was on a team with my brother. I remember that first shift of that first game was pretty fearful. The ref picked me up and put me in the ice and I essentially stood there for two minutes. I remember in the team photo I looked like the team mascot [smiles].”

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Getting to Know: Ryane Clowe

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Ryane Clowe (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Status: NHL left winger from 2003-2015 for San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

HT: 6-2 WT: 225 pounds

DOB: September 30, 1982 In: Fermeuse, Newfoundland

First Hockey Memory: “Probably when my mother took me to play. I think I was six or seven. She only put me into hockey because my cousin was playing. I didn’t like it that much at first but then I started to like it.”

Hockey Inspirations: “I think when I was growing up my dad took me to see the Montreal Canadiens play in the winter. We were big Montreal Canadiens fans. And Eric Lindros was a player who always impressed me, how he played, power forward.”

Last Book Read: “Was Football Life, Bill Parcells.”

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