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Getting to know ... Nick Foligno

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
You never forget your first National Hockey League goal.

Chances are, anyone who was at Scotiabank Place last season on the night Nick Foligno enjoyed that special moment won’t soon forget it. Immediately after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 18, 2007, the then-rookie Ottawa Senators forward launched himself into the air – his own version of the Foligno Leap made famous by his father, Mike, during his years with the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Buffalo-born Foligno answers a few questions about his hockey past, present and a whole lot more.

Q: Tell me about your first pair of skates.
A: They were those Bauer Chargers. They had that plastic charger on the side. I remember them. They were sweet. I don’t know where my dad got them but it was a whole set. So I had the shoulder pads, elbow pads. I was 3 when I got them.

Q: Tell me about the first arena you played hockey in.

A: Probably the first arena I remember playing hockey in was the Depew Arena in Buffalo. That’s where I played my minor hockey. Back then, it had an open end, so snow would come in if you were playing. It was pretty different.

Q: What arena has been your favourite as a home-team player?

A: Here, probably. But I really enjoyed my time in Sudbury. We had a great fan base and we had a pretty good team on the ice, so they came out. Especially in the playoffs, I remember it was unbelievable. The arena was jam-packed and it was loud.

Q: Buffalo wings or Beavertails?

A: Buffalo wings, definitely. I’m from Buffalo. Although Beavertails are quite good.

Q: Tell me something about Sudbury that nobody would know.
A: There’s a lot of lakes near Sudbury. I don’t think many people know that. They just think of the smokestacks. But it’s gorgeous there in the summer.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would you choose?
A: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Jessica Simpson.

Q: If you were at a karaoke bar and you had to sing a song, what’s your first choice?

A: It would be a country song, that’s for sure. Maybe Cowboy in Me by Tim McGraw. It’s a good tune.

Q: If someone makes a movie about your life, who plays you?
A: A young Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro.

Q: You were born on Halloween. What was your favourite Halloween costume growing up?
A: Donatello of the Ninja Turtles. I loved that costume. That was my favourite. I think I still have parts of that costume at home. I was maybe six or seven. I had the whole backpack and everything.

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