PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals is checked by Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Capitals defeated the Flyers 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
We know a lot about our favorite athletes on the field. Their stats and bios are easily googled and we read about their on-field accomplishments often. But how much do we really know about them personally?
Since we’re curious, we’ve asked our favorite athletes to tell us 10 things that we don’t know about them.
Today we check in with the Capitals’ Troy Brouwer, where we imagine what he would look like in a Nationals uniform.
10 Things You Don’t Know About Me, Troy Brouwer
1. I don’t like the smell of cucumber. It bugs me. I can eat it in sushi, but that’s it.
2. I like playing Call of Duty. For me it’s a way to talk to my friends back home in Vancouver. I’m a guy. I’m not going to pick up the phone and call them, so that’s how I keep in touch with my friends.
3. I almost got into a fight once in school because someone was picking on my big sister.
4. When I was in pee wee hockey, I was about 8 or 9, I yelled at the refs and got a five minute penalty. My dad wasn’t happy about that, so he took away one shin pad, one skate, one elbow pad and one glove so I couldn’t play hockey. He made me watch the team play for three games.
5. If I hadn’t made the NHL, I’d probably be an electrician. My dad was an electrician for 35 years and I just thought that was a really cool thing. I went to work with him a couple of times, and he enjoyed what he did. I couldn’t do it now because that work is all about math and I don’t remember any of the math for it.
6. I have two beagles named Ari and Zoey.
7. I was taught how to skate by figure skating coaches.
8. My standard personal uniform is sandals, jeans and a T-shirt. I don’t usually dress up because I have to put on a suit for hockey and it’s no fun having to get dressed up all the time.
9. My favorite city on our schedule is Nashville. I like country music and they have a lot of live bands and bars there. It’s just a really cool atmosphere.
10. I used to play baseball and was on the Canadian Western team. After that I had to make a decision between baseball and hockey. But I think I could still pick up a baseball and be pretty good at it.
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