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Simon Despres

North American Skater - Saint John, QMJHL
Final Rank:8Midterm Rank:6
Height:6' 4"Weight:205
Born:July 27, 1991
Born in:Laval, QC, CAN
Drafted: 2009: PIT (1st Round / 30th Overall)  Pittsburgh Penguins

On his style of play: I'm a defenseman that can log a lot of minutes. I like to play physical. I like to skate with the puck, move the puck up the ice with good vision.

On his childhood hockey hero: My idol when I was young was Mario Lemieux, for perseverance and everything he's gone through, everything he's achieved. I think he was the greatest player of all time.

On getting his start in hockey: It began when my dad and my uncle brought me to a free skating when I was around two years old. And it started from there. Then I’d play outdoor hockey in the parks, I loved it. I stayed there all night and just had fun out there.

On the possibility of being drafted in Montreal:
It's going to be very special for me because it's close to my hometown. There's going to be lots of family. My family's going to be very proud. I can't wait. It's going to be a great opportunity and a great experience.