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Getting To Know: Jeff Petry

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Jeff Petry (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Getting To Know: Jeff Petry

Mark Malinowski
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In this week's Getting To Know, Montreal Canadiens blueliner Jeff Petry talks about growing up in Michigan, the scariest thing he has ever seen on the ice and why he liked watching Nicklas Lidstrom play.

Status: Montreal Canadiens defenseman.

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 198 pounds

DOB: December 9, 1987 In: Ann Arbor, Michigan

First Hockey Memory: "First day, getting to play. I don't come from a hockey family. It was something new to the whole family. It was a great experience."

Hockey Inspirations: "It was just something I enjoyed. I played baseball and hockey. The fast pace, constantly moving, is what really drew me in."

Last Book Read: "One of the Duck Dynasty books."

Current Car: "Yukon (black)."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Scoring my first NHL goal."

Most Painful Moment: "Just as a whole, not being able to make the playoffs."

Favorite Uniforms: "I like ours. If I had to go outside of ours, I'd say Chicago."

Favorite Rinks To Play: "Chicago and Vancouver."

Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: "I enjoy playing just for the speed of the game and it's a game I grew up playing. To be able to play as a professional career, you know, everybody dreams of it. And it's a dream come true for me."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Ryan Whitney."

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "Gee...you mean like toughness-wise? There's quite a few, I can't really pinpoint one."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Yeah, last year, or two years ago, scoring on my own net [smiles]."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Baseball."

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "I watched a lot of Nick Lidstrom growing up. Derek Jeter, retired now. And in soccer...Messi."

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: "Steve Yzerman in Detroit, at a charity softball event."

Strangest Game: "The weirdest or scariest thing I've seen happen was when Taylor Hall got his head stepped on in Columbus. It was kind of a freaky incident."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Approachable. Outgoing. Just all around kind, kindness."

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