MONTREAL - Tomas Tatar picked up some tricks of the hockey trade from watching a special group of NHLers.
We sat down with the 29-year-old left-winger to learn more about his top influences.
I practiced with him in Slovakia. He's a true pro and a great guy. He always brought good leadership. Marian's just a guy that everybody likes, and everybody likes to be around him.
He works hard on a daily basis. He's just a true leader. He helped me a lot with the Slovakian National Team.
He was one of my role models, and he set a great example for me. He's a legend in my hometown. He did a lot for the city. We miss him. He was a great guy and a great human being. He helped a lot of people around the area.
As a kid, he was always one of my favorites. It was all about his speed. He's also from Russia, which is close to Slovakia. I really admired his skating ability when he played. He also dressed a little bit differently than other players, so he really stood out on the ice.
I actually got the chance to meet Steve at the NHL Draft in Montreal when I was picked by the Red Wings in 2009. He was a hero to me. As a young player, I looked up to him and what he accomplished.