Throughout the 2018 NHL World Gaming Championships, NHL.com will feature player bios for fans to learn more about the competitors
Name: Matthew Gutkoski
Hometown: Lewis Center, Ohio, United States
Twitter/Instagram/Twitch/YouTube Handles: Instagram: @MatthewGutkoski Twitter: @TSCCookie
GAMING AND HOCKEY BACKGROUND
What is your favorite NHL video game ever and why?
NHL 14 because I played a lot with friends and siblings on the game, all while making great memories
Who was your childhood hockey idol and why?
Rick Nash because he was a hard-working player who always played well for the Blue Jackets, and he was someone I looked up to
What is your most memorable hockey moment and why?
From a playing standpoint, it was scoring an overtime game-winner against our rival during my senior year of high school. From an NHL standpoint, it was watching Scott Hartnell score a hat trick against the Pittsburgh Penguins while he was playing for the Blue Jackets
My gamertag is Top-Shelf-Cookie because:
I like watching "top-shelf" goals and typically, parents hide cookies from their kids on the top shelf, so the two words would go well together.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU …
My favorite team/player is: Columbus Blue Jackets/Scott Hartnell
The first hockey video game I ever played was: I think it was Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey on the Nintendo 64
If I could play EA SPORTS™ NHL® 18 vs. one real-life player, I'd pick: Nick Foligno
My signature EA SPORTS™ NHL® 18 move is: The backhand-forehand sweep deke
My go-to breakaway move in EA SPORTS™ NHL® 18 is: Forehand-backhand-shoot
My favorite team to play with in EA SPORTS™ NHL® 18 is: The Columbus Blue Jackets
My playing uniform (team jersey, favorite shirt) is: Columbus Blue Jackets jersey, Columbus Blue Jackets t-shirt
My favorite gamer or person to watch on Twitch is: Nasher
The weirdest thing that happened to me while gaming is: A spider ran across the ground right in front of me. I lost sight of it, so I hopped up on the couch for about 15 minutes until I felt okay to play again.
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