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August 16, 2015

Garret Stroshein

There wasn't much mistaking why Garret Stroshein was on the ice.

Stroshein is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet off the ice. On the ice, standing at six-foot seven-inches (without skates!) and 250 pounds, Stroshein was an intimidating presence to say the least.

The Edmonton, Alberta native played junior B in Chilliwack, British Columbia before jumping into the ring known as the low minor leagues. In fact, he played for three professional teams before returning to junior hockey to play half a season with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.

In six seasons of major junior and pro hockey Stroshein scored exactly four goals and accumulated 840 penalty minutes!

But the most impressive number on his resume his three - the total number of games he played in the National Hockey League.

Stroshein was called up by the Washington Capitals for a three game trial in 2003-04 season. He earned fourteen penalty minutes - including fights against Boston's Doug Doull and Pittsburgh's Dan Focht. Though he went scoreless he was credited with two shots on net.

Nowadays Stroshein is a firefighter in Calgary, and has helped Canada win hockey gold at the World Police and Fire Games. He also competes in long-ball golf competitions. The big man is able to hit a golf ball 350-400 yards! He also appears at NHL related charity golf tournaments where often sets up at the tee of the longest hole on the course and, for a donation to the local charity, he will drive your ball for you!

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