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.”
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.
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.”
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].”
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.”
Status: New York Rangers / Hartford Wolfpack center.
HT: 6-1 WT: 195 pounds
DOB: February 1, 1990 In: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
First Hockey Memory: “I was six and a half and I was first introduced to skating at a birthday party at the Crystal Lake Ice House. And my parents then signed me up and I started playing organized hockey when I was seven.”
Status: Syracuse Crunch / Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender.
HT: 6-4 WT: 197 pounds
DOB: July 31, 1992 In: Aizkraukle, Latvia
First Hockey Memory: “When I watch a game? The World Championships, Latvian national team and Russia, 3-2. I think it was 2000 in Russia.”
Hockey Inspirations: “I love the feeling of making a save.”
Last Book Read: “Game of Thrones.”
Status: Former NHL defenseman from 1999-2011 for Ottawa, Nashville, Atlanta, Anaheim, Boston and Minnesota. Now works as a radio analyst covering the Winnipeg Jets.
HT: 6-1 WT: 204 pounds. DOB: November 8, 1975 In: Neepawa, Man.
First Hockey Memory: “Just playing road hockey with my friends back in my small hometown in Manitoba. That was something, every night the phone would ring – there were no cell phones then – someone would call, we’d set up the game if we had enough people. It was so cold in the winter and we’d be out there in our jerseys and whatever and we’d play road hockey under the street lights.”