Barry 'Bubba' Beck

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The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Status: NHL defenseman from 1977-1990 for the Colorado Rockies, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. Currently manages the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey in China.

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 215 pounds

DOB: June 3, 1957 In: Vancouver

First Hockey Memory: "Dad tried to make a rink in our backyard. We had record warm weather in February over night. When I got home, my friends and I went swimming instead (smiles)."

Hockey Inspirations: "John Ferguson. Ernie ‘Punch’ McLean. Bobby Orr. Herb Brooks. And man I really looked up to The Man - Dick Butkus."

Favorite Movies:
"Man on Fire with Denzel Washington and Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe."

First Car: "1960 black Meteor. Three on the column. Price tag was $50. I bought it for the huge back seat (smiles)."

First Job: "Was moving animal hides on docks."

Current Car: "I take the train now."

Favorite Meal: "Roast chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, Caesar salad, lemon meringue pie and a glass of ice cold chocolate milk."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Lime sherbet."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Becoming a New York Ranger. First game as a New York Ranger. I was playing in front of eight or nine thousand in Colorado. As a kid I had hockey cards of players like Bob Nevin, of the Original Six teams. I dreamed of playing with one of the Original Six teams. When I got to New York, I thought: ‘This is what hockey is all about. Playing in a historic arena like Madison Square Garden in a city like New York City.’ You have to be consistently good every night as a player, instead of every other night. The highlight memory was putting on a Rangers jersey and skating out on the Garden ice for the first time."

Most Painful Moment: "Not being able to win the Stanley Cup with teammates and fans."

Most Memorable Goal: "First game at Madison Square Garden with the Rangers against the Los Angeles Kings."

Funniest Player Encountered: "Me!"

Toughest Competitors Encountered: "Tim Kerr and Clark Gillies were very strong and hard to move out from the front of the net. I remember using all my strength and it was hard to move them. Both the Islanders first and then the Oilers after them, had similar qualities - scoring, toughness and leadership equals Stanley Cups."

Funny Hockey Memory:
"There are hundreds of stories. One time, in Colorado, Don Cherry's dog Blue came waddling into our locker room. He came in and, you know how those dogs do it, he rubbed his butt on the floor - right in front of my locker, in the area I used to do push-ups. So I gave Blue a little whack with my stick and he ran yelping down the hall back to Don's office. Then Don came in and asked who did it? We kind of looked around, said we didn't know. The next day I got traded to New York. "

Favorite Uniforms: "New York Rangers."

Quote: "I was tough. When I had that toughness taken away from me (shoulder injuries), I was a different guy."

Favorite Arenas To Play: "Madison Square Garden. Checkerdome in St. Louis. The Igloo in Pittsburgh. (Why those two? Nobody has ever said them.) Every rink is different, like a theater. The sight lines change from one arena to the next. The Igloo and Checkerdome always felt comfortable for me. There are some places you can never play a great game in...maybe good, but not great. When you get on the ice you know right away. I like the boards and glass, too. Lots of give."

Personality Qualities Most Admired: "Balls."

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