Rob Klinkhammer (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
In this week's Getting To Know, Rob Klinkhammer recalls how learning how to skate had its dangers, how he loves athletes that have some personality and the time the lights went out during an AHL game.
Status: Edmonton Oilers left wing.
HT: 6-3 WT: 220 pounds
DOB: August 12, 1986 In: Lethbridge, Alberta
First Hockey Memory: "I think my dad (Gerry) teaching me to skate. When I was learning how to skate I had to learn on one of the pylons. Then he gave me a hockey stick and we got a puck out there. I just remember every time I'd go to take a shot I'd go sliding into the end boards. I didn't know how to stay up and take wrist shot at the same time. I don't think I was strong enough yet."
Hockey Inspirations: "My family has been a huge part. They always believed in me. A lot of my friends have been great. Obviously, you have the support of your family, that's a big inspiration. You gotta come out here and battle every night. Looking up to some great players when I was younger - Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, those guys were always fun to watch."
Last Book Read: "I'm reading the Cure For Everything right now. Before that it was Gone Girl."
Current Car: "I drive a Toyota Tundra (red)."
Greatest Sports Moment: "First NHL game."
Most Painful Moment: "I don't know. I don't have one yet. Can I pass on that one?"
Favorite Uniforms: "Ooooh, there's a lot of classics. Edmonton Oilers obviously first. And then after that...Chicago Blackhawks. They're classic."
Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: "I just love the game. I like being around the guys, the camaraderie. The competing. It's something I love doing. I don't know why. It's something ingrained, I think, in a lot of hockey players."
Most Memorable Goal: "First NHL goal."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "One time in minor hockey I was skating down the ice and my pants like fell down, my belt wasn't tight enough. My pants slid down."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Golf."
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "I find athletes are usually pretty boring. Who's a good one...Jose Canseco is like hilarious. I wouldn't look for him for any inspiration but he's just funny. The stuff he says on Twitter. LeBron James. And Paul Bissonnette. Some guys with a lot of personality. I don't like when a lot of guys Tweet out 'Great win.' I like people who are a little more sarcastic, make some jokes on there and stuff."
First Famous Player You Met or Encountered: "It was a junior hockey player in my city...it was probably...Chris Phillips."
Funniest Players Encountered: "Probably Keith Yandle in Arizona."
Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "Shane Doan."
Strangest Game: "I remember the lights went out at one point. I don't even remember what league. I think it was in the American League. I have no idea where or when. But I remember half the lights went out, like half the lights on one side of the stadium went out."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Loyalty. Honesty. Trust."
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