27-year old defenseman, Phil Tesoriero, is enjoying his third professional hockey season in the South with the Pensacola Ice Flyers. He spent his first two seasons playing in front of his hometown in Denver, Colorado, playing for the Denver Cutthroats.

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1. What has been your best hockey related memory, to date?

My best hockey moment to date would be having the opportunity to play professional hockey in Denver where I am from.

2. If you could create the perfect line, who would choose to be on it? (You have to be included on this line as well.)

The perfect line that I think would be very successful would be myself, Patrick Kane and Pavel Datsyuk.

3. Some athletes are superstitious, what is something that you do/have always done before each of your games?

While I am warming up I always do 25 jumping jacks towards the end of my routine. When putting my gear on for a game I always go from left to right.

4. What’s the number one thing you look forward to in the off season?

In the off season I look forward to spending time with my family and being able to teach my nephew and other young players how to become better hockey players on and off the ice.

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5. When/why did you start playing hockey?

I started playing hockey when I was 4 years old. My family is from New York and grew up with hockey so it also became part of my childhood.

6. Who is the player you admire most?

My favorite player is Mark Messier.

7. Of all your years playing, where has been your favorite place to play?

I would have to say playing in Denver has been my favorite place to play. Having the opportunity to have my family watch be play competitive hockey where I grew up was a dream come true. Pensacola is coming up pretty quick though.

8. Which team do you think is going to be the your biggest competition this season?

As a team we haven’t played everyone in the league so it’s hard question to answer. As for the season so far I would say Louisiana for sure.

9. Who is someone that you would consider as a mentor on the ice?

I’m still learning a lot in order to understand what it takes to play professional hockey. I would say a lot of my past teammates have been mentors because of the level they have played at.

10. If you weren’t playing hockey, what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t playing hockey I would like to become a firefighter.

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