Getting to Know...Phil Dupuis

Photo Courtesy of Donnie Pagel
Please describe how it feels to play in front of great fans or what loud fans can mean to a game: As a player you don't want to disappoint your fans. Especially on a Friday night. Thousands of people are watching, and you want them to like the game and the team and come back game after game.

Favorite way to relax on a non-game day: Beating Wes O'Neill at NHL 2010 on XBOX 360. We play everyday, that's our geek side.

Can you describe a "fan-friendly" pre-game ritual you like to go through to prepare for a game? We play a soccer game called two-touch before every game. Almost every player plays the game. It's a good warmup and we get our minds off the game for  a little while.

Personal hockey highlight so far (on or off the ice): Winning three Quebec League championships in five years.

Favorite hockey team and player while growing up:
Montreal Canadiens, Joe Sakic and Mario Lemieux

Celebrity or top athlete you'd most like to meet? Mario Lemieux

Nickname as a child or currently: Doups

Best sport you play, other than hockey: Basketball

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

Your favorite or most-used "movie quote": "As soon as you go to sleep, I'll punch you square in the face." -Step Brothers 

Do you have a tattoo? How many? What is it?
I have one half sleeve. It has four stars (one for each family member). my grandfathers initials (A.G.), the date he passed away (20-11-96), the number 9 (his favorite number and mine too), three roses, which is the flowers that we put on his grave.

Is there any personal meaning to the number you wear? I've worn 9 since I was a kid because of my grandfather. His two favorite players were Maurice Richard (9) and Gordie Howe (9).

What was the name of your first organized hockey team? Les Supras de Montevil

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

Difference between Canadians and Americans? Better hockey players (Canadians, obviously) 

Best subject in high school: History 

Age you started playing hockey? 4

If you had only $10 to spend at a grocery store, what are you getting? The Hockey News magazine and ice cream

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

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