Paul Holmgren

Mark Malinowski
Paul Holmgren

Before his days as the Flyers GM, Paul Holmgren played 527 NHL games with Philadelphia and Minnesota, collecting 144 goals and 323 points. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News


Paul Holmgren

Mark Malinowski


Status: Flyers GM

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 210

December 2, 1955 In: St. Paul, Minn.

Childhood Heroes:
"Well, I was a big baseball fan, I loved baseball when I was a kid. And my heroes were probably Harmon Killebrew and Zoilo Versalles, two guys who played for the Minnesota Twins."

Hockey Inspirations:
"My brother Mark."


"(Any besides Homer?) Nope, that's the only one."

Favorite Movies:
"Shawshank Redemption and Slapshot."

Favorite TV Shows:

Musical Tastes:

Early Hockey Memory:
"I can remember my brother, who passed away and was a year older than me. We grew up and played together all the way through high school. I have a lot of fond memories of that."

First Job:
"I worked at a sod farm when I was 15."

First Car:
"Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1976."

Favorite Meal:
"Still lasagna."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
"Mint chocolate chip."

Greatest Sports Moment:
"Playing in the Stanley Cup finals in 1980."

Most Painful Moment:
"That same year [smiles]. Losing in the Stanley Cup finals in 1980 (to the New York Islanders)."

Closest Hockey Friends:
"Kevin McCarthy, Bob Clarke, Ron Hextall."

Funniest Players Encountered:
"Rick MacLeish, Bob Kelly, Kevin McCarthy."

Toughest Competitors:
"Terry O'Reilly, Wayne Cashman, Clark Gillies and Bobby Nystrom."

Toughest Fighters:
"For me, Garry Howatt [smiles]. I could never get him off my chest. And he was small; he was smaller than I was. Even if you were to win, you look like you lose because you're fighting a smaller guy. He was a hard-nosed guy. I ended up having to fight him a lot and I just don't feel like I ever beat him [smiles]."

Favorite Arena(s):
"Today I like the rink the Wild play in. It is one of the nicest ones. But I've always enjoyed going to Toronto. I liked playing in Maple Leaf Gardens."

Favorite Vacation Spot:
"Northern Minnesota."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory:
"Probably like 1981, we came back and won Game 6 of the playoff series against Calgary and everyone in hockey expected us to beat them in Game 7. We just played terrible and they played great and beat us. I don't know if that's embarrassing, but that's what comes to mind."

People Qualities Most Admired:

Career Accomplishments:
NHL right wing 1975-1985; played in 1981 NHL All-Star Game; scored 144 goals in 527 NHL games; was the first U.S.-born player to score a hat trick in a Stanley Cup final game (1980 Game 2 vs. Islanders).

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