First Hockey Memory: "Playing in the backyard in the rink that my dad had made me and all my friends."
Hockey Inspirations: "I loved watching Steve Yzerman play when I was growing up. Just such an amazing player offensively, defensively, just very well-rounded."
Last Book Read: "Lone Survivor."
Nicknames: "Mostly just ‘Hunts.’ It's pretty simple. I had ‘Stu’ when I played in New York. Just kind of a goofy thing between me and the guys."
Current Car: "F-350 (black). Harley Davidson."
First Car: "1982 Cutlass Siera (baby blue and rust)."
First Job: "Working construction with my dad."
Greatest Sports Moment: "I think just playing my first NHL game (2002). Scoring my first NHL goal. Those are things that stick out in your memory, that's for sure. (Against who?) Both against Toronto. They were in the playoffs. I hadn't played any exhibition or regular season and I got called up in the playoffs. Played my first game, then scored my first goal in the second game. Those are definitely two memorable games for me."
Most Painful Moment: "I don't know. I haven't had a chance to play in a lot of playoff games, but when you get eliminated it's never a good feeling. You work so hard all year. I've had a chance to play in a few series and it's never fun when they end."
Favorite Uniforms: "It's tough for me. I grew up in Alberta. I grew up a huge Oilers fan so it's kinda cool to see them go back to their vintage colors. I don't really have one that sticks out."
Funny Hockey Memory: "We had a practice going and the trainers sewed a cell phone into one of our goalie's pants. And then started calling it. You could see him looking around, he didn't know where the hell the ringing was coming from. So the boys were all kinda in on it too so we all got a pretty good chuckle out of that. (Which goalie?) I better not say!"
Closest Hockey Friends: "Probably Rick DiPietro. We pretty much started together in the minors. Played our whole careers there, then spent the last eight years together in New York. So I've seen a lot of guys come and go, but we're pretty good friends."
Funniest Players Encountered: "I had a chance to play with Shawn Bates, he was always good for a laugh or two. He kept guys on their toes and pretty light, that's for sure."
Toughest Competitors Encountered: "You play against guys like Crosby and Ovechkin and Parise, those are guys who compete hard and are bulldogs out there. They never give up and you always gotta be on your game when you're playing against them."
Most Memorable Goal: "It would have to be that first one in that Toronto series against Curtis Joseph."
Strangest Game: "Did have one my second year in the minors (in Bridgeport). We were in the Calder Cup final and Game 1 the power went out in the middle of the third period. So there was a half-hour/hour delay, you sit around, then you have to finish the game."
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "My rookie year we were playing in Montreal, so there's always a ton of cameras and media around. So we were coming out for pre-game skate and somehow I forgot to take my skate-guards off. So I come onto the ice and was on my butt faster than I knew what happened."
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Golf."
Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Honesty. Hard-working. Funny. Easy to be around."
Story courtesy Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski – his second book "Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew" is available on www.amazon.com. Malinowski is the creator of two websites: www.thebiofile.com and www.tennis-prose.com.