Tampa Bay's J.T. Brown, who just finished his rookie season in the NHL, talks about his most memorable and strangest hockey moments, plus more from his young career.
Status: Tampa Bay Lightning right winger
HT: 5-foot-10 WT: 170 pouds
DOB: July 2, 1990 In: Burnsville, Min.
First Hockey Memory: "I don't know if I have a first memory, but I remember, obviously, doing a lot of outdoor skating and then playing a lot of street hockey with my friends."
Hockey Inspirations: "I think just the base thing is being with all your friends, that right there is good enough for me, that's why I play the game, you meet people and obviously it's a fun sport. Just being around the guys and being with your friends is something that other people wouldn't know about."
Last Book Read: "Jesus Is Greater Than Religion."
Current Car: "F150 (black)."
Greatest Sports Moment: "I'd say winning a national championship (with Univ. Minnesota Duluth in 2011) was probably the best besides, obviously, signing here. Other than that - that's probably the biggest accomplishments so far."
Most Painful Moment: "Broken collarbone. I got checked behind the net and it snapped. Last year. Against Norfolk."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Falling in warmups is pretty embarrassing. I've done that a few times. I did it last year in Syracuse I think twice. Or when you're a kid and you forget to take off your skateguards and step out on the ice and you just go down."
Most Memorable Goal: "I don't know if any of them have been that impacting. But...probably just scoring in the Frozen Four was probably the most for me."
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: "I just like hockey. It's creativity. You get to go out there and - it's not that much structure. You obviously have structure - but it's more read and react. It's not like other sports where you call a play and then you just go run the play and things like that. And also, like I said earlier, just the friendships that you build with your teammates."
Closest Hockey Friends: "I don't know if I can just say one person. I mean, every team I've been on I've had certain guys that maybe they're best friends. So I've had quite a few."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Danny Gauthier with Syracuse."
Funny Hockey Memory: "Just any time when somebody gets checked into the other team's bench. Little things like that."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "To play - golf. To watch - basketball."
Strangest Game: "Three years ago in Regionals when we played Boston College, there were a few years back to back that were pretty strange. We had one that the net got knocked off, but everyone stopped skating except for the other team. And they went down on like a three-on-0 and they scored. And then right after that we came in and shot the puck off the crossbar. It hit the glass, came back, and hit the goalie in the back and went in. So it was kind of back-to-back trading weird goals. So that was pretty interesting."
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "LeBron James. Adrian Peterson. And Russell Wilson."
People/Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Loyalty. If you're looking for a friendship, that's the biggest thing, they have to stay loyal. Obviously you gotta be nice, caring."