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

Getting To Know: Taylor Pyatt

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Taylor Pyatt (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Left winger who signed with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League after playing last year with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

HT: 6-4 WT: 230

DOB: August 19, 1981 In: Thunder Bay, Ont.

First Hockey Memory: “Skating on the backyard rink with all my brothers and my dad in Thunder Bay, Ont., where I grew up. That’s where I learned all the basics of the game, fundamentals. And that’s where I fell in love with hockey.”

Hockey Inspirations: “That would be my father (Nelson Pyatt) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Pyatt. He played professionally for a number of years and I always sort of looked up to him. I wanted to take after him. And I’ve been fortunate to be able to get to this level and play for a number of years. Yeah, it’s been great to live out a dream.”

Current Car: “I have a Range Rover.” Read more

Getting To Know: Curt Bennett

Curt Bennett (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: NHL center/winger for St. Louis, Atlanta and the Rangers from 1970 to 1980. Resides in Maui, where he owns Hawaii Waterfalls, which creates rock ponds and waterfalls. He also works in real estate.

Career Accomplishments: Played college hockey at Brown University, where he was NCAA first-team all-American in ’70; selected 16th overall in the ’68 Amateur Draft by St. Louis; played in the NHL All-Star Game in ’75 and ’76; scored 152 goals in 580 NHL games; scored 34 goals for Atlanta in ’75-76; played two years of pro hockey in Japan in the early ’80s.

HT: 6-foot-3 WT: 195 pounds

DOB: March 27, 1948 IN: Regina, Sask.

First Hockey Memory: “When I was a little kid in Rhode Island, my dad was the goaltender for the Providence Reds. I went with him to practice. Back then I couldn’t get my skates tight enough and one of the players on the Reds tied them for me, nice and tight. I was about three.” Read more