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Back in the '90s: Micheal Haley

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

As the Florida Panthers celebrate their 25th Anniversary throughout the entire 2018-19 season, we here at thought it would be fun to also look back on the decade that welcomed the franchise with a new recurring feature called "Back in the '90s!" From Nirvana to Nickelodeon, every new installment will allow one of your favorite players the chance to turn back the clock and share their favorite memories, movies and more from the 1990's.

This week's time traveler: Panthers forward Micheal Haley.

Q: How old were you when the Panthers first dropped the puck in 1993?

HALEY: In 1993? I was seven.

Q: When you think of the '90s, what are the first things that come to mind?

HALEY: Saved by the Bell, fluorescent hats and things like that. I also think about just playing video games with my brother and being a kid. We used to watch Family Matters, Fresh Prince and The Price is Right at lunch during our school breaks. On the weekends we'd play Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis.

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Q: Who was your favorite hockey player in the '90s?

HALEY: It was probably either Tie Domi, Darcy Tucker or Wendel Clark. It was pretty much anyone on those Leafs teams. I went to a few games growing up. We weren't season ticket holders or anything, but we'd make it to three or four games a year.

Q: What was your favorite band in the '90s?

HALEY: I've got to go with The Tragically Hip. Even though I was a little young in the '90s, I'm the youngest of two older siblings so they were always being played when I was growing up. I play a lot of it in [the locker room]. I keep Spotify pumping out the '90s jams. There was a lot of one-hit wonders. My dad always had "Macarena" going… I also used to play "Together Again" by Janet Jackson a lot.

The Hip never really crossed over into the United States because they didn't need to. They chose not to. They're Canadian heroes. I'd say just after hockey that The Hip are the biggest thing in Canada. Everyone knows hockey, and everyone knows The Hip. Those two things sort of go hand in hand up there.

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Q: Who was your celebrity crush in the '90s?

HALEY: Topanga from Boy Meets World.

Q: What was your favorite toy to play with in the '90s?

HALEY: When I was a kid I had a Teddy Ruxpin. It ran on batteries and everything. The eyes would move, and he'd talk to you. I think it weighed liked 30 pounds. Like I said before, we also played a lot Nintendo 64. We'd play games like "Goldeneye," "Mario Kart" and "Wave Racer."

Q: What trend from the '90s do you wish would make a comeback?

HALEY: There wasn't a lot of cellphones back then, so people talked to each other. It'd be nice if that came back a bit.

Q: What was your favorite movie in the '90s?

HALEY: Tommy Boy is my favorite movie ever, so I've got to go with that. A few others would be things like The Lion King, Casper and Con Air, which is a classic. A Night at the Roxbury, Ace Ventura, Wayne's World and Encino Man are also on that list. There were a lot of good movies in the '90s, obviously.

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Q: What was your first screen name on AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)?

HALEY: We had ICQ and MSN messenger. I don't remember what it could have been, but it was probably something stupid. When I'd used to hear the "UH OH!" alert noise from ICQ, I'd run downstairs to the big, huge computer that we had to see what had come through for me.

Q: What comes to mind when you think of those early Panthers teams of the '90s?

HALEY: The advertisements we'd see of them would be like guys on the beach. There were posters of them in their jerseys, but like on the sand and near the ocean. I remember all that. They obviously also had beautiful tans when we'd see them on TV.

Join the Florida Panthers for their 25th Anniversary season with Flashback Fridays! Enjoy 90's-themed giveaway items at every Friday Florida Panthers home game during the 2018-19 season.

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