Getting To Know: Jesper Fast

Mark Malinowski
By: Mark Malinowski
Jun 21, 2015

Jesper Fast (Scott Audette/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News


Getting To Know: Jesper Fast

Mark Malinowski
By: Mark Malinowski
Jun 21, 2015

Rangers right winger Jesper Fast hasn’t been given the most creative nickname of all time, but ‘Fastie’ has made a home New York. Learn about the funniest moment Fast has encountered on ice and the wide-open net that he still agonizes over.

Status: New York Rangers right winger.

HT: 6-foot WT: 185 pounds

DOB: Dec. 2, 1991 In: Nassjo, Sweden

First Hockey Memory: "Probably when my dad took me to one of the practices that he had when I was younger. He was like a coach back home. He took me there to watch it."

Hockey Inspirations: "Like players? I would say when I was growing up my favorite players were Mats Sundin, (Peter) Forsberg, those guys."

Last Book Read: "Can't remember. I don't read books [smiles]."

Current Car: "Jeep."

Greatest Sports Moment: "NHL debut (2013 vs. Phoenix)."

Most Painful Moment: "When we lost the finals in juniors, probably – in the finals in Sweden. Like a Stanley Cup final, but like in junior finals."

Favorite Uniforms: "The Rangers. And probably my hometown team back home."

Favorite Rink To Play: "Nope."

Funniest Player Encountered: "Mats Zuccarello."

Closest Hockey Friends: "My closest friends are still playing the low divisions back home for Sweden, so."

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "Like a tough player? Kleiner (Kevin Klein) maybe."

Most Memorable Goal: "Could be my last one back in Sweden, playoff game. We won that last game (for team HV71)."

Funny Hockey Memory: "It’s called the TV Cup. All the teams in Sweden play each other in the big finals. I scored the game-winning goal in the finals with my skate. So it was a funny moment I remember."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "Probably when I missed an open goal when I play in Sweden. An important game. I had an open net I remember. Yeah we won that game but I missed."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Soccer."

First Famous Hockey Player You Met Or Encountered: "Nick Lidstrom."

Strangest Game: "Don’t really (have one)."

Nicknames: "Fastie, Quickie."

Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: "I've been doing it my whole life. My dad was playing hockey. My mom was skating. The whole family, so."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Just honesty. Outgoing. Laughing."

Mark "Scoop" Malinowski's latest book "Facing Nadal: Symposium Of A Champion" is available on Amazon.

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Getting To Know: Jesper Fast