Brett Connolly

Mark Malinowski
Brett Connolly

Brett Connolly scored 15 points in 68 games as an NHL rookie last season and has seven points in 11 games so far this season with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News


Brett Connolly

Mark Malinowski

Status: Syracuse Crunch right winger.

DOB: May 2, 1992 In: Campbell River, B.C.
Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 200 pounds
First Hockey Memory: "Probably growing up and going on the outdoor pond."
Hockey Inspirations:
 "My dad, obviously at a young age, put me in hockey. Very young age. Instantly fell in love with the game. And if not for him putting me out on the ice, I don't think I'd be where I am today. So it was good to be out there at a young age."

Last Book Read: "Unbroken."

Current Car: "Range Rover (black)."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably my first NHL goal. Or the NHL draft was pretty cool."

Most Painful Moment: "Probably losing two years in a row at the world juniors."

Favorite Uniforms: "I like...Boston."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: 
"When I was really young, I think I tripped over the blueline on a breakaway (smiles)."

Closest Hockey Friends: "A lot of friends from the Ontario League."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Marty (St-Louis), Teddy (Purcell), Stammer (Steven Stamkos)."

Toughest Competitors Encountered: 
"Bugsy (Ryan Malone)."

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: "I'm not even sure...maybe Dan Hamhuis, he's from northern B.C. too, so, I remember that yeah."

Favorite Players To Watch:  "Sidney Crosby and Pavel Datsyuk."

Funny Hockey Memory: "Coming to the rink and hearing Marty speak and (Eric) Brewer speak, and all these guys, Teddy, they're a good group of guys. It's fun to come to the rink everyday."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Before this year I wasn't really big on football, but I've been watching a lot of football. It grew on me."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Hard working. Honesty."

Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski's second book "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew" is available on Malinowski is the creator of two websites: and


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