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    Getting to Know NY Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello

    Name: Mats André Zuccarello Aasen
    Born: September 1, 1987 (age 29) in Oslo, Norway
    Height: 5 ft 7 in
    Weight: 179 lb
    Position: Right Wing
    Shoots: Left
    Salary: 3.5 million

    Why do you think you’re a fan favorite?

    A: I don’t know … because I’m small, I guess. I’m really bad talking
    about myself. I like to be in the middle and be a part of everything,
    but when it comes to the media, I’m a little shy.

    Being a short guy myself, what do you say about being small and
    playing hockey in the NHL?

    A: Size does not matter. Like I said in the Norwegian media many
    times, none of those guys who told me that I was too little are
    sitting here in this locker room today, so that’s pretty special.
    Everyone can achieve everything if they want to.

    Are you recognized when you walk around New York?

    A: Not that much. Sometimes, but there are so many stars around New
    York City, so I’m pretty sure I’m not up there with any one of them.
    We have stars on our team, Hankie and those guys, they take most of
    the heat, so that’s nice.

    In one word please describe Rangers fans.

    A: Passionate.

    How do you like playing with Henrik Lundqvist?

    A: Like I said 100 times, for me he’s the best goalie in the world by
    far. I remember my second day here, my first year of camp, I got a
    call from guys at the office and they said, “Do you want to come in
    and shoot at Hank, because he’s been at the NHL meetings” or whatever
    downtown so he didn’t come to that first practice that was here. And
    after that practice the day after, I got a phone call, I was in my
    hotel up in Tarrytown there: “Do you want to come and shoot at Henrik
    Lundqvist?” And I was like, “Whoa! This is gonna be pretty cool.” And
    then he drove me home in his Lamborghini after. Called all my buddies
    and said, “Just me and Hank rolling around here in New York.” He’s
    just a great guy — that I love to pick on. He gets really mad at me
    sometimes, but I think that’s just fun. I used to tell him that before
    I got here, he hadn’t won a Vezina Trophy, and after I got here he did
    (laugh). I keep bugging him about that sometimes.


    A: I have to walk the same route that I walk to the game if we win
    that game. Wear the same suit, wear the same shirt, wear the same tie,
    everything. We won five games in a row there, from Pittsburgh to
    Montreal. It was almost like when we lost that one game, “I can wash
    this shirt now.” (laugh)

    If you can have three dinner guests, anyone, who are you having?
    A: David Beckham, Kate Beckinsale when she was single, & Rihanna

    Message to Rangers fans?
    A: As much as they’re on our side, we are on their side, we want to
    win the Cup, and we’re going to try and do everything that’s in our
    power and compete as hard as we can to bring the Cup back to New York.