The first overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Steven Stamkos won two Maurice Richard Trophies (as top goal scorer) and was named to two NHL All-Star teams before turning 23. The Ontario native has 38 points in 27 games so far this season.
What is one thing you always have with you?
If you were a talk show host, whom would you want as your first guest?
Hayden Panettiere. I have a huge crush on her.
What is the most embarrassing music you listen to?
I have some Britney Spears on my iPod.
What is your guilty pleasure?
McDonald’s. A Big Mac.
What is the best part about your job?
That I’m playing hockey as my job. This is what I dreamed of doing as a little kid.
What is the worst part about it?
Sometimes, the travel. You get into cities late and have to wake up and skate in the morning. If there is any downside, it’s the tough travel.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
If it doesn’t involve hockey, it would be golf with the guys. We’d wake up, get out there early, play 18, go grab some lunch, go back and play another 18. Any golf course will do.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
That I just have a good shot. The truth is I am more than that; I am able to skate and create chances.
Who would you say is the most media-savvy athlete?
Shaquille O'Neal is pretty good. He's just always joking around. He loves the attention and is pretty funny.
With which pro athlete would you never want to trade places?
Any NFL quarterback. I mean, everyone thinks they would love to be an NFL quarterback, but then you see some of the hits those guys take every game. It's a pretty tough position.
What was the last thing you Googled?
My teammate Marty St. Louis' fights. I Googled that because they don’t exist.
If you had to pick one key to your success, what would it be?
My work ethic.
If you could go to dinner with one person, dead or alive, whom would it be?
Muhammad Ali. I think he's an icon, someone I would have a lot of questions for.