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Getting To Know: Jamie Pushor

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Jamie Pushor (Ian Tomlinson/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Getting To Know: Jamie Pushor

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Jamie Pushor was an NHL journeyman, but had his best years as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Pushor recounts his Detroit days, how difficult it was to get sent back to the minors and how he snapped a 100-game drought by scoring on his good friend.

Status: Former NHL defenseman from 1995-2006 for Detroit, Anaheim, Dallas, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers. Currently serves as a scout for Tampa Bay Lightning.

HT: 6-3 WT: 218 pounds

DOB: February 11, 1973 In: Lethbridge, Alberta

First Hockey Memory: "I never grew up in a real hockey family. My brother played basketball. But my best friend's older brother played hockey. And we went and watched him play and we started playing street hockey and the next year we signed up. That's how I started."

Hockey Inspirations: "I grew up in southern Alberta, so the Calgary Flames were my team, definitely. Lanny McDonald was, I guess, kind of a boyhood idol. And Jamie Macoun."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Being part of a Stanley Cup team in 1997 in Detroit, for sure."

Most Painful Moment: "Not playing in the NHL. After being there for quite a stretch and then having to play in the minors and not really making it back."

Favorite Uniforms: "Detroit Red Wings."

Favorite Rinks To Play: "Joe Louis Arena, definitely, as a visitor, was a really good experience. That was a lot of fun. You really had to be ready for a hockey game when you came into that arena. The ice was good. The energy was always good. I enjoyed playing in Philadelphia. It was always good, physical hockey game. And I enjoyed my time in Columbus."

Most Memorable Goal: "I scored on my old friend Chris Osgood in Detroit when I was playing for Columbus. And it broke a hundred-game scoring drought for me. And I scored on my good friend, so [smiles]."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Marc Bergevin, easily was one of the funniest guys. Ben Hankinson is a player agent now and was a funny character. Tons of characters. There's too many to mention [smiles]."

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "Peter Forsberg was driven. Keith Tkachuk - had some good battles with him when he was in Phoenix. Rick Tocchet. And Valeri Kamensky, right shot from left wing for Colorado. He was a heckuva one on one player."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Shooting on your own goalie is embarrassing. I did that a couple of times [laughs]."

First Famous Player You Met or Encountered: "Actually it was Brian Bradley. I was at Alberta hockey development camp at the University of Calgary, probably in '86 or '87. And Brian Bradley was playing for the Calgary Flames and he came and spoke with us. So he was the first guy. I went to an exhibition game in Lethbridge - the Minnesota North Stars played the Flames there. And then I went to my first NHL game in Calgary - they played the LA Kings when I was 18."

Funny Hockey Memory: "Probably I would just say my teammates. Stuff we did on the road, stuff we did in the room, stuff we did with the trainers. Practical jokes guys played on each other and then would blatantly deny it - even caught on video doing it [laughs]. Pretty good memories. Those fun times at the pre-game meals and on the bus and traveling on the plane. That was a lot of fun."

Strangest Game: "I played in the Colorado-Detroit game, the first brawl, in 1996-97. That was a pretty crazy game."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I appreciate honest and considerate people."

Mark "Scoop" Malinowski is the author of the new tennis books "Facing Federer" and "Facing Hewitt" which are available at amazon. He's currently working on "Facing Probert."

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