Getting To Know...Brett Skinner

Please describe how it feels to play in front of great fans or what loud fans can mean to a game: When you're out on the ice in a big moment in a game and hear all the fans cheering for you, it gives you an extra bit of confidence and realization of what you're playing for.

Favorite way to relax on a non-game day: Catch a movie

Can you describe a "fan-friendly" pre-game ritual you like to go through to prepare for a game? Play soccer with all the boys

Personal hockey highlight so far (on or off the ice): Back-to-back national championships in college

Favorite hockey team and player while growing up:
Edmonton Oilers, Mark Messier

Celebrity or top athlete you'd most like to meet? Tiger Woods

Nickname as a child or currently: Skinny

Best sport you play, other than hockey: Softball or golf

If you could instantly be an expert in a winter Olympic sport (other than hockey) which would you choose?

Other than a hockey player, what job would you be most interested in having? General manager or coach of an NHL team

Difference between Canadians and Americans: Canadians are more relaxed and friendlier

Favorite or best subject in high school: Math

What was the name of your first organized hockey team? Brandon Wheat Kings

Other than hockey, what is the best part of winter?

Favorite winter holiday movie? Christmas vacation

As a kid, what did you want to be? Architect

Age you started playing hockey? 3

If you had only $10 to spend at a grocery store, what are you getting? A steak, a potato, and a vitamin water

Is there any personal meaning to the number you wear? My dad loved Bobby Orr and passed it along to me, so I wear it because of Bobby Orr.

When you hear the word "Ohio," what do you think of? College football