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Getting to Know: Ryane Clowe

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Ryane Clowe (Andy Marlin/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Getting to Know: Ryane Clowe

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Former NHL power forward Ryan Clowe talks about the time he played a puck from the bench.

Status: NHL left winger from 2003-2015 for San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

HT: 6-2 WT: 225 pounds

DOB: September 30, 1982 In: Fermeuse, Newfoundland

First Hockey Memory: "Probably when my mother took me to play. I think I was six or seven. She only put me into hockey because my cousin was playing. I didn't like it that much at first but then I started to like it."

Hockey Inspirations: "I think when I was growing up my dad took me to see the Montreal Canadiens play in the winter. We were big Montreal Canadiens fans. And Eric Lindros was a player who always impressed me, how he played, power forward."

Last Book Read: "Was Football Life, Bill Parcells."

First Job: "My dad was a crab fisherman. During the summer in juniors I did that with my dad."

Greatest Sports Moment: "I think it was scoring my first goal (vs. Tampa Bay/Marc Denis). It took a while. And the playoffs stand out the most. We had some real good runs in San Jose. We didn't make the Stanley Cup finals but we had some memorable games and series. When I look back on my career that was the most enjoyable."

Most Painful Moment: "I'd say most painful was losing to Vancouver on a fluke goal to lose the Conference finals. That one was tough to get over. They tied it late in the last seconds, then they scored in overtime and went to the finals that year."

Favorite Uniforms: "I like the Devils. The New York Rangers uniform - I loved the blue and how the uniform looked. And it being an Original Six."

Favorite Rinks To Play: "For me it was the Garden (New York). And Bell Center. The majority of the players will say that because of the atmosphere right from the warm-up to the end of the game."

Funny Hockey Memory: "When I was on the bench and L.A. was coming down on a three-on-two. I'm not sure what I was thinking and even now I don't know why I did it. I was standing on the corner of our bench and Jarrett Stoll had the puck and I reached my stick over and knocked the puck off his stick. I think the referee saw it but he probably couldn't believe what he saw. No penalty was called. We ended up winning that game 6-5. I don't think L.A. fans liked me too much for that."

Most Memorable Goal: "I would have to say probably the first NHL goal. And besides that when I got traded by San Jose to New York. I didn't score for 28 games after the lockout. Then I was traded to New York and went to New York that night and the next day I scored my first two goals of the year for the Rangers."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "I was kind of embarrassed by that stick from the bench play I just told you about. Besides that nothing really embarrassing sticks out."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Baseball."

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "Steph Curry. I love watching Tom Brady when he plays. And my favorite team is the Giants so I like to watch when Madison Bumgarner pitches."

Closest NHL Friends: "Probably Jody Shelley, Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton. One of my closest friends from my hometown in Teddy Purcell. And Mark Bell."

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: "We had some heated games with L.A. during my career in San Jose. Drew Doughty wasn't very big but he's a real good competitor. Playing against Chris Pronger early in my career - one of the strongest and toughest guys to play against. A lot of the guys with L.A. - Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar. They were hard guys to play against."

Strangest Game: "One of our playoff games, first round against L.A. we were trailing 4-0 in the second period, then 5-1. And we came all the way back, tied the game. It was a crazy game. They were dominating us. Then we scored four goals in a five minute stretch. Then there were no goals in the third period. And we ended up winning in overtime. It was one of those games that you wonder how you won it. That's one of the playoff games that sticks out."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "I like to see passionate people and people with energy. I love people that have a good positive attitude and just do the work, don't make any excuses or point the finger. Guys like this basically last a long time in the League."

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

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