Originally created 02/19/03

Five Questions with Brian Patafie

Brian Patafie

Head trainer/Coordinator of Team Services

Age: 47

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Nickname: Taffer

Family: Wife, Dawn; Son, Caden (2), daughter Kelton (6 mos.)

Career notes: 24-year veteran of pro hockey, including 15 years in the Calgary Flames organization. ... Worked his 1,800th consecutive professional game on Nov. 8. ... Dressed as emergency backup goalie for the Lynx in January. ... Was a roommate of NHL star Theo Fleury during their days with the Flames' International Hockey League affiliate in Salt Lake City.

Q: So what promoted your impromptu dance at center ice during the lighting delay before last Saturday's game against Cincinnati?

A: "I knew we were about 8 to 9 minutes away from the game starting, and it was the entertainment factor. People like to be entertained here. And I wanted to see what it would be like. I always wanted to be a mascot or a cheerleader. My wife said I always need to be the center of attention. My wife is right."

Q: You've been with the Lynx organization since the beginning, and have seen hundreds of players come through Augusta. Excluding the current team, who is your all-time favorite player, and why?

A: "I'd have to say Jessie Rezansoff. I always knew he'd have my back, and it didn't matter what the situation was, he was behind me. He was a great guy to be around. He's a guy who never drags you down. Just a fun guy to be around and a good person."

Q: What has been the most memorable moment of the past five years with the Lynx?

A: "Opening night, our inaugural game in 1998. That was as exciting an atmosphere as I've ever seen in hockey. The whole town was abuzz. The thing is, there was 7,400 people there, and you go to anybody, any Lynx fan in town, and they'll tell you they were there whether they were or not."

Q: Along with your dedication to your job, you're also a devoted family man. How would you describe your family life?

A: "Well, to me, it's God, my family, and my job. As a husband, the most rewarding thing for me is watching my wife and how she's really adjusted to motherhood. Let me put it this way, when I met my wife, she was the coolest person I'd ever met. Now that she's a mother, she's still the coolest person I've ever met. She's a great mother. Just watching how she is with the kids is amazing. All I do is step in at times because I'm away so much. It's the toughest job in the world being a stay at home mom, and Dawn is the best.'

Q: What's the most memorable moment of your hockey career?

A: "I guess it was meeting Dawn in Greensboro when I was working for the Flames organization and the team came to play the Monarchs back in the American League. She's from Greensboro and was working for the team. Meeting her that night is my greatest hockey moment. I didn't realize at the time what it was going to develop into. But to look back now, every time I go to the Greensboro Coliseum, I look at that little spot under the Bojangles sign where I met her. Hockey-wise, I'd have to say being with the Flames organization when we won the Stanley Cup in 1989. We were the only team to beat the Montreal Canadiens for the Cup on their home ice. It's tough to beat that."

-Rob Mueller


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