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Sami Salo Biofile

Published by on February 4, 2013 filed under BioFiles   ·   Comments (0)
Sami Salo Biofile  | read this item
Status: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman.
DOB: Sept. 2, 1974  In: Turku, Finland
Ht: 6-foot-4  Wt: 215 pounds
First Hockey Memory:  “I think when I got a pair of skates for Christmas. First memory of something that was part of hockey. (Remember the brand?) Yeah, I remember that, Bauer. I wore them in my sleep. I remember that [smiles].”
Hockey Inspirations:  “There’s been a lot of great Finnish players - Jari Kurri, Esa Tikkanen, Reijo Ruotsalainen. Those were big names back when I was younger. Obviously looked up to them but never really had a dream that I was gonna play in the NHL. It was more about having fun with the friends. It became reality at the end.”
Last Book Read:  “Motley Crue.”
Current Car:  “Audi.”
First Job:  “Paperboy.”
Greatest Sports Moment:  “There’s many. One that comes into mind – winning silver medal in the Olympics.”
Most Painful Moment:  “Taking a slapshot in the face. (From who?) It was a teammate back in Vancouver, a defenseman (Alex) Edler.” 
Most Memorable Goal:  “Scoring in the bronze medal game in the 2010 Olympics.”
Favorite NHL Sweater(s):  “Lightning. And I always like the Original Six team uniforms, pretty plain and simple.”
First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered:  “Jari Kurri. I got his autograph back in Finland at World Championships.”
Funniest Player Encountered:  “Marc Bergevin.”
Closest Hockey Friends:  “All my teammates on the teams I played.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory:  “There’s a lot. Getting beat one on one, something like that.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey:  “Tennis.”
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow:  “Kimi Raikonen (Formula 1). Another Finnish driver Mikko Hervonen drives World Rally. Then Novak Djokovic.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired:  “Accountable people who say some words, then they also do that, they do the words. Accountable people.”
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