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WE ASKED… #49 TEEMU PULKKINEN

Date of Birth – March 13, 1995

Position - Forward

Age - 28

Height - 175 cm / 5'9"

Place of Birth – Kirkkonummi, Finland

Weight - 84 kg / 185 lbs

Shoots - Left

Honours – Polish Championship 2022/23

What other sports did you play growing up?  Football

Who has been the biggest influence on your career so far?  My grandfather

Who is the best player you have played with?  Alexander Barkov

Who is the best player you have played against? Miro Heiskanen

What is the most memorable game you have played in?  My first pro game in Finland

What is your favourite/least favourite rink to play in? Favourite: North Dakota (NCAA) – Least: Arizona State before the new rink

If you could make one rule change in hockey, what would it be and why? None

Which hockey team do you cheer for/which one do you root against? I have none

Most admired hockey player and why? Teemu Selänne, growing up he was the one to watch!

What would be your best piece of advice for youngsters starting in hockey? Have fun and enjoy every part of the game

Pre-game routine? Nap

Pre-game meal? Some sort of pasta

Any gameday superstitions? With gear putting on right ones before left ones. Skates for example

Favourite other sport(s) to play? Golf – Padel

Favourite other sport(s) to watch? Basketball and Finnish baseball

Favourite athlete (non hockey)? Rickie Fowler

Which do you prefer books or movies? Movies

Favourite TV show(s)? Blacklist

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Sushi

If you could share a meal with any individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Tiger Woods, Sidney Crosby, Lebron James

What is your favourite vacation destination? Don’t really have one

What was your favourite and least favourite subject in school? Favourite: Physical Education – Least favourite: Chemistry

If you could join any past or current music group which would it be ? Coldplay

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?  Pulu

How many languages do you speak? Finnish and English

If not a hockey player what occupation would you have? Golfer

 

PIC CREDITS – Jillian McFarlane & Derek Young

 

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