Getting To Know: Lars Eller

Mark Malinowski
Lars Eller

Status: Montreal Canadiens center.

Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 215 pounds

DOB: May 8, 1989  In: Rodovre, Denmark

First Hockey Memory: “My parents taking me to the rink when my dad (Olaf) played. Back when I was three or four.”

Hockey Inspirations: “My family. My brother. I have two older brothers that played. I have a younger brother that plays also. And obviously my dad who played and coaches now. So, family.”

Last Book Read: “Was a biography of Slobodan Ibrahimovic.”

Current Car: ”BMW.”

First Famous Hockey Player You Met Or Encountered: “I don’t remember. It would have to be one of the players on the Danish national team back in the day. You probably wouldn’t know them. Watching them play for the national team.”
 
Greatest Sports Moment: “Winning the Swedish junior championships.”

Most Painful Moment: ”Playoff overtime Game 7 loss to Boston three years ago.”

Most Memorable Goal: “Probably in Swedish junior final, game-winning goal.”

Funniest Player Encountered: “It’s gotta be Hal Gill (smiles).”

Closest Hockey Friends: “I can’t pick one particular guy, I’ve got a lot.”

Fiercest Competitor(s) Encountered: “There’s quite a few. I couldn’t pick out one or two.”

Favorite Uniforms: ”Our road jersey.”
 
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “The pace, how fast it is. Everything about it…scoring goals, winning. The physicality…you can really get out your anger, your frustration, in the sport, where a lot of other sports, that’s not really allowed in the same way. It’s a combination of the skill and physicality and speed. You don’t get that from other sports.”

Funny Hockey Memory: “Just watching PK Subban every day, he makes you laugh.”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Golf.”

Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: “Lionel Messi. Tiger Woods. LeBron James.”

Strangest Game: “Four years ago we played in Boston we had like three or four full line brawls. And it was a 7-5 game or something real weird.”

People/Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Honesty. Loyalty.”

Mark ‘Scoop’ Malinowski’s new book “Facing Federer” is available on www.amazon.com. Malinowski is the creator of two websites: www.thebiofile.com and www.tennis-prose.com