Charlie Coyle (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Charlie Coyle loves Massachusetts through and through. In this week's Getting To Know, the Minnesota Wild center recalls playing at the TD Garden as a kid, talks about playing in Boston, and names a certain Super Bowl winning quarterback as his favorite athlete to watch.
Status: Minnesota Wild center
HT: 6-3 WT: 221 pounds
DOB: March 2, 1992 In: E. Weymouth, MA
First Hockey Memory: "When I played instructional in my first year. My dad was my coach, my cousin was on the team. And we played on this rink the next town over - three rinks, two on the outside were regular rinks, the middle one was like a miniature rink where the little kids play. It was like a square rink. I just remember playing there. Just going all out. It was a lot of fun, though, a lot of fun."
Hockey Inspirations: "My whole extended family on my dad's side pretty much all play. Like, all my cousins. I have two cousins who played in the NHL - Bobby Sheehan and Tony Amonte. So, kind of just a hockey family growing up."
Last Book Read: "I'm in the middle of reading Lone Survivor."
Current Car: "Right now I drive a Yukon."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Oh boy, there's a lot of little things. It's hard to stack 'em up, you know? Against each other. One I always talk about is when I was in high school as a freshman. I went to public high school and we played - and we went to the Super 8 Championship, which was like private schools and Catholic schools, who pretty much were considered all stars, being that they had people from all over towns. We just had a public school - we beat three of those teams in a row and made it all the way to the finals. Played in TD Bank Garden. That was a huge deal for our town and stuff. It was a pretty cool memory. It was a pretty cool accomplishment by us. I was a freshman at the time. So I was just a little guy out there but it was cool to remember that. So I love thinking about that."
Most Painful Moment: "That's a tough one. I'd probably say last year in the playoffs. Either getting hit in the face with the puck was one, or I hurt my shoulder as well. Hopefully there's more to come."
Favorite Uniforms: "Ours. And I think I gotta go with the Bruins, my home team, growing up with it."
Favorite Rinks To Play: "I like playing at the XCel Energy Center. And it's always nice going back to Boston."
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: "It's just fun. It's the adrenaline rush. It's an exciting sport to watch and play. I've had fun doing it all my life. I like meeting new people and you make a lot of friends in the sport."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Keith Ballard has a pretty dry sense of humor. Zenon Konopka. Torrey Mitchell. Jason Zucker is sitting next to me, he's raising his hand, but I don't know if I can put him in there [smiles]."
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "There are a lot of them out there that play like that. Against - Zdeno Chara, he's always tough, he brings it all the time. You know when you're out there he's gonna be all over you. He always plays tough. He's a strong guy and a big defenseman."
Most Memorable Goal: "Not too many of them so far. I'll go with the first one, I guess. Always remember the play, how it happened and who you scored against."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Probably too many to choose from. I just can't think of one right now."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "My one regret is not playing football. I liked playing with my friends in the backyard but I never played on a team."
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "Tom Brady, definitely. He's up there for sure. I'd have to really think about the other two...I'll just leave it at Tom Brady."
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