Status: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing.
HT: 6-foot-3 WT: 234 pounds
DOB: June 12, 1986 In: Baie-Comeau, Que.
First Hockey Memory: “First time I played with the novice, like the mites, that’s the first memory.”
Hockey Inspirations: “I always had Mario Lemieux.”
Current Car: “I drive a truck, Nissan.”
Favorite Uniforms: “Tampa Bay.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “Calder Cup, winning the (AHL) Championship two years ago.”
Most Painful Moment: “Calder Cup final lost…four or five years ago.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I remember when I was in Junior A. I took the official faceoff, but I had a crazy mohawk – yellow and black. There was a little girl dropping the puck. And when I took my helmet off she started crying. She ran away. So that was pretty embarrassing.”
Most Memorable Goal: “Overtime playoffs of that Calder Cup championship, semifinal, Game 3. Against St. John’s.”
First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “Mike King, he was with the Moose.”
Closest Hockey Friends: “I got Ryan Malone. I got Radko Gudas. Barberio. Cote. They’re all my close friends.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “Gudas. Ryan. And Marty St-Louis is pretty funny too.”
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “I’d say Gudas and Cote.
Funny Hockey Memory: “When I was in junior, we were playing a team from USA. After the USA anthem, my assistant captain already started skating around, like getting pumped up for the faceoff. But then the Canadian anthem jumped in. That was pretty funny.”
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “Just a passion since I was born. I don’t know, I just always loved this sport. I think it’s the best sport in the world, I just enjoy it.”
Strangest Game: “I remember our goalie Dustin Tokarski, he got attacked in the parking garage after the morning skate. And the guys attacked him with a knife. And he couldn’t make the trip to Bingo (Binghamton). They stole his truck and so he was at the police station. He showed up late at the game and we were losing 5-0. Everybody fought, our goalie fought. So he jumped in the net after and we won 6-5 in overtime. That was a crazy moment.”
Worst Injury: “Broke my sternum. (How?) Me and a defenseman hit each other at the same time. I was pushing the puck forward to make sure it goes in the corner and I got crushed.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “I like watching football.”
Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: “I like following GSP (Georges St. Pierre). I like Adrian Peterson for the Vikings. And Jared Allen. I like the Vikings.”
People/Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Just like spontaneous people who enjoy life day to day and just have a happy face.”
Scoop Malinowski is the author of “Facing Federer: Symposium of a Champion.”