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ONE-TIMERS: ZENON KONOPKA

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Zenon Konopka



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Food: Steak and Potatoes.

Restaurant:
It depends on the day of the week, but I like Thai food, so any Thai food restaurant.

Color:
Blue and orange now.

Hobbies/Interests:
I like playing cards, hanging out with my buddies, playing sports other than hockey like football, baseball, basketball, tennis, mixed martial arts.

Band
: Dave Matthews Band.

TV Show:
Dexter, Lost.

Movie:
Shawshank Redemption, Gladiator, Blow.

Video Game: Golden Tee.

Candy
: Peanut M&Ms and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Holiday:
July 1, Canada day and the Fourth of July.

Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas.

Car
: I’m not really a big car person, but I’ll say a Grand Prix.

Hidden Talents:
I have many hidden talents, but throwing a knuckle ball. I throw a great knuckle ball.

Magazine:
Nothing really comes to mind, I prefer newspapers.

Sport other than hockey
: I love sports. I’ll say football. I watched the Buffalo Bills when I was growing up.

NHL Arena to Play in: Montreal.

Player Growing Up:
I’ve had a lot of them growing up. Doug Gilmour, Mario Lemieux.

Biggest Pet Peeve: People driving slow in the ultra fast lane.

What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a professional athlete:
I’d be a professional poker player (laughs), no but probably something in business.

If you could have dinner with any 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be:
Jesus, Nelson Mandela and Muhammed Ali.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? I’m not really big on superstitions.

First impressions of Long Island
: The people are really nice and it is beautiful.

Biggest accomplishment off the ice: I have a grape seed oil business; it’s a supplement for your body that would probably be my biggest accomplishment.
 
What is your greatest hockey memory?: Winning the OHL Championship in 2001.

You’ve bounced from the ECHL to the AHL and now an everyday guy in the NHL. Are you proud of the way that you came up?: Yes. It was a long road, but a fun road and I met a lot of good people along the way.

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