Jesper Fast (Scott Audette/Getty Images)
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."
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