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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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

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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Getting to Know: goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis

Kristers Gudlevskis.

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.”

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Getting To Know: Shane Hnidy

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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.”

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Getting to Know: Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta

Antti Raanta (via NHL/YouTube)

Status: New York Rangers goaltender.

HT: 6-0 WT: 192 pounds
DOB: May 12, 1989 In: Rauma, Finland

First Hockey Memory: “I think when I went first time on the ice, I got my players skates and stepped on the ice. That was the biggest celebration when you fell all the time, skating a little bit forward and I didn’t fall down. So I think that was my first memory. If you think about games, I think ’95 when Finland was in the World Championship, that’s the first memory I remember about the hockey and winning something.”

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Getting to Know: Eddie Olczyk

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Ed Olczyk. (Getty Images)

Status: NHL center from 1984-2000 with Chicago, Toronto, Winnipeg, New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh. Currently serves as color commentator for NHL On NBC and Chicago Blackhawks games. Also former coach of Penguins (2003-2005).

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 pounds
DOB: August 16, 1966 In: Chicago, IL

First Hockey Memory: “Stepping on the ice and falling down, crying and wanting to get off the ice with my mom (Diana) standing there, telling me to give it a chance. Obviously, I’m glad she did [smiles]. But it was pretty intimidating putting on those pair of skates and stepping on the ice for the very first time. That was my introduction to skating.”

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