Anyone who knows me, knows my one strength (or weakness depending on how you look at it) is useless hockey trivia. I can barely remember what I ate last night for dinner but give me a random hockey fact and I’ll reiterate it back months later.
So where do I get it from? Well, one of the best places to find out about the boys is by reading their bios on the team site. They contain all the boring stuff such as stats and teams played on, but every once in awhile you can find a gem. Recently, the Rangers updated their site so here, in no particular order, are the top ten things I bet you didn’t know about the guys on the 2013 New York Rangers.
* At some time last year, we know that Michael Sauer and his wife Stacy had their first child. Due to his updated bio, we now know it was a son he named…Landon. Guess that’s a popular name among Rangers defensemen.
* Apparently Arron Asham would like to live in New Zealand for a year. Guess he can do that after he finishes touring Atlantic division teams.
* Sorry to disappoint those ladies interested in Rick Nash but he’s off the market. His bio says he’s engaged.
* Brian Boyle likes to bowl and apparently hit 201 in a game. I don’t bowl that much but that sounds like a high score.
* What does Brad Richards like to cook? BBQ steak and brussel sprouts.
* That dog that Ryan Callahan brought with him to the Rangers Dog Walk last September? A yellow Labrador Retriever named Levi.
* A lot of the bios list what the players would be if they weren’t hockey players. Most are what you would expect – other athletes or cop/firefighter, something along those lines. Steve Eminger? A forensic detective.
* Anton Stralman is 26…and has four kids. No idea if any twins in there but that seems a lot for someone so young.
* Speaking of kids, the daughter Jeff Halpern‘s wife just recently had? They named her Brooklyn.
I’ll end with the one that made me laugh the most:
* Dan Girardi claims to be the most organized player on the team. It’s actually listed in his bio. For some reason, and there is no reasoning or proof behind this, but I just find that hard to believe. Maybe I’m wrong.