New York Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman is deep in the playoffs with his team and Mark Malinowski recently sat down with him in our latest Getting to Know story.
Status: New York Rangers defenseman.
Height: 5-11 Weight: 190
Date of birth: April 1, 1986 Born in: Tibro, Sweden
Last Book Read: "Songs of Ice and Fire, that's Game of Thrones book two. Clash of Kings'"
Current Car: "Mercedes GL 350 diesel."
Greatest Sports Moment: "I've got a couple. First NHL game was a big milestone. I remember I was very nervous and I actually don't remember a whole lot of it. Looking back to it, that was actually a really good moment. Won a bronze medal in World Championships in '09 and got promoted to the Swedish League first division back in '04-05. That was probably the most fun I ever had."
Most Painful Moment: "The whole season of 2010-11. I think it was a tough year. I was dealing with a lot of illnesses and injuries. That whole stretch was tough."
Most Memorable Goal: "I think it has to be...two years ago in the playoffs, scored in, I think it was either the first game or the second game against Washington. 1-0. That's probably the one."
Funniest Player(s) Encountered: "There's quite a few. One guy I played with for a little bit in the minors was Ryan Hollweg. I thought he was a real character and always in a good mood and always funny. He tried to keep a good atmosphere around us."
Closest Hockey Friends: "I moved around so much over here, so it's hard to pick one. I get along with everybody I would say. Most of my real good friends are from back home. I don't have a good answer for that."
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "I would say Henrik Lundqvist is one of the most competitive guys I've ever met."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "In Columbus it went to shootout. I came in and made my move and lost an edge and fell down on the ice, crashed into the goalie."
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: "It's obviously a lot of fun. It's why I play the game. And obviously, being able to compete and win - that's the ultimate goal. But just have fun and enjoy the trip and all the teammates and all that. That's what I think it's all about."
Strangest Game: "I played with the Swedish national team and we played Hungary one year, just an exhibition game. I remember they didn't have a Zamboni that was watering the ice, it was just shaving it. Then they were hosing it down and going out with some kind of squeegees to clear it out. The Zamboni was really bad so it was very groovy on the ice. And then after they did that, before the game, we actually didn't have any net. Before the warmups, we were shooting on the goalie in the corner, with no nets. While they were doing the ice. During the first intermission, they did the same thing, but then after they cleared the ice they had figure skating as a show between periods. So it was pretty funny."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Soccer."
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "Roger Federer. Steven Gerrard. Luis Suarez. They're on the same team in Liverpool. They're on the same team so it doesn't really count. Third one. Who would that be. I'll go with Zlatan Ibrahimovic."
People/Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I like kindness and respect. That's probably the two most important things. To be a good teammate and a good person, in general."