Getting to Know: Journeyman coach Rick Bowness

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Rick Bowness.

Status: Former NHL right winger from 1975-1984 for Winnipeg, St. Louis, Detroit and Pittsburgh. Currently serves as associate coach for Tampa Bay. Was previously a head coach for Winnipeg, Boston, Ottawa, New York Islanders and Phoenix.

DOB: January 25, 1955 In: Moncton, NB

First Hockey Memory: “Going to watch my dad play. He played senior hockey in Nova Scotia. He used to bring me to the rink. My first memory of hockey is watching my father play. It wasn’t soon after that I was skating out on the backyard rink or lakes or wherever I could find a place to play.”

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Getting to Know: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard

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Howard

Status: Detroit Red Wings goaltender.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 218 pounds
DOB: March 26, 1984 In: Syracuse, NY

First Hockey Memory: “Probably being down in my dad’s – my dad coached in high school – so I was always down there with him.”

Hockey Inspirations: “Obviously my dad was very inspirational. Getting me into it when I was at a young age. And probably Mike Richter.”

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Getting to Know: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green

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Mike Green (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Detroit Red Wings defenseman.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 207 pounds
DOB: October 12, 1985 In: Calgary, Alta.

First Hockey Memory: “Probably skating on the pond for the first time with my dad (Dave).”

Hockey Inspirations: “I think my parents. I was a big fan of Scott Niedermayer – he was an inspiring player to watch. I idolized him. He’s kind of the reason I became a defenseman, and maybe molded into an offensive defenseman.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “Would’ve been … I think it was Theoren Fleury to be honest. When he was in Calgary. (After a practice?) I think it was a school event. He came to our school.”

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Getting to Know: Kings radio analyst Daryl Evans

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Daryl Evans.

Status: Former NHL left wing from 1981-1991 with Los Angeles, Washington, and Toronto. Currently serves as radio analyst for Los Angeles.

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 185 pounds
DOB: January 12, 1961 In: Toronto, Ontario

Hockey Inspirations: “Probably to push the game on to the next generations coming. It’s been great being involved in the game on so many different levels. Now being able to give back… a lot of it is very rewarding.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “At that time there were only six teams in the NHL. I can’t say the exact first. One of the first things that stand out to me was in ’72 watching the Team Canada play against the Russians in Maple Leaf Gardens when they played in that series in ’72 and it was a game I still remember the score. Canada won by a score of 4-2. I remember going to that game it was real special. Saw the practice in the mornings as well.”

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Getting To Know: Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison

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Tampa Bay's Jason Garrison (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman.

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 223 pounds
DOB: November 13, 1984 In: White Rock, BC.

First Hockey Memory: “For me it’s probably playing roller hockey or ball hockey in the street. Enjoying the game and bringing it to the ice. It was just a lot of fun playing with the kids from school.”

Hockey Inspirations: “Hockey is so big at home. There are guys you looked up to – obviously players that played for your local team professionally inspired all the kids to play hockey and enjoy it. (Names?) Growing up I was a big Mario Lemieux fan.”

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Getting to Know: Former NHLer Jassen Cullimore

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Jassen Cullimore. (Getty Images)

Status: Former NHL defenseman from 1992-2012 for Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 235 pounds

DOB: Dec. 4, 1972 In: Simcoe, Ont.

First Hockey Memory: “Growing up in Canada our front yard used to flood in the winter time and it would freeze over and we would go out there and skate. Right down the road from us a friend of our’s, Rob Blake, who played in the NHL, he would come over with his brothers. We would get out there and play against ’em.”

Hockey Inspirations: “Growing up I didn’t really have one player that I idolized – or one team that I enjoyed watching. My inspiration was more the youth coaches that I had. The one in particular – Fred Bridgewater – who helped me learn how to cross-over because I was very frustrated with it when I first started [smiles].”

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Getting to Know: Lightning center Jonathan Marchessault

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Jonathan Marchessault. (Getty Images)

Status: Tampa Bay Lightning center.

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 174 pounds

DOB: December 27, 1990 In: Cap-Rouge, Quebec

First Hockey Memory: “I think probably from pictures. But I remember my dad took me out to skate when I was four-years-old.”

Hockey Inspirations: “When I was young a small player like Marty St-Louis always inspired me. Also when I was young my idol was Joe Sakic.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “Patrick Roy. When I was young I was going up to hockey school and his son was there. And when he came into juniors he was obviously my coach and his son became one of my best friends. (Son’s name?) Frederic. And Jonathan as well is my good friend too.”

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