Society & Culture
'Spirit of India'
the-south-asian.com March 2001
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Malhotra – Hot on Ice!
One of the youngest players ever drafted into the league, Malhotra is also the only Indian player ever to strap on skates in the NHL. Manny’s NHL career has a lot of folks from the Indian sub-continent watching a sport they’d never thought much about before. "For many Indians, Malhotra is more than just a player with a lot of hockey potential – he is a symbol," The Sporting News wrote during his rookie season. "His presence in the league shatters stereo-types of Indians as.. only interested in becoming doctors and engineers."
Manny doesn’t play that angle up too much – "Once you get on the ice, it doesn’t matter what colour you are, its how you play," he says – but, he admits, "It is pretty exciting for me to be that link for people who never would have watched the game before. That’s a good feeling, opening the minds of people to try things and do things they normally would not."
Now living with former Ranger Doug Sulliman in Westchester County, where he is a surrogate big brother to the Sulliman’s four daughters, Malhotra still exhibits a small-town boy’s awe when he talks about New York City. ‘There is so much to do in New York, you never get bored. I love to walk around Times Square and people-watch." He also hangs out in the Fashion District, but confesses to still getting lost "when I get down in that Macy’s and 33rd Street area."
If you are looking to spot Manny on the streets of New York, check out the music shops that offer hot hip-hop, rap and R&B CD mixes. Among his favourites: Dr. Dre, Funkmaster Flex, Mos Def, and Jurassic 5. (Here’s a secret: he kinda doesn’t mind Beethoven, Mozart, and the Three Tenors, either.) You might also find him in movie theatres, where he is a sucker for "kung fu flicks – the old ones off the street with the bad dubbing and the Shao Lin monks."
But if you don’t spot him on Manhattan streets, watch for him on Ranger ice.
After chatting with New York Rangers centre Manny Malhotra, I only wish I had a 20- year old sister who needed a date. This 6’2", 210-lb, 20-year-old bachelor is hot on the ice.
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