Before I Made It

Before I Made It: Nate Guenin

Before I Made It: Nate Guenin

by The Hockey News - October 21, 2013 12:24 AM EDT

The Colorado defenseman talks about growing up in hockey, playing in the USHL, and how he graduated to the NHL.
With Kevin Kennedy The first hockey team I played for was the Beaver County Badgers back in my hometown near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I played there from Mini Mites and eventually I went on to play for the Pittsburgh Hornets AAA.


Travis Moen

Travis Moen

by The Hockey News - April 20, 2013 1:35 PM EDT

The Canadiens veteran talks about growing up in Saskatchewan, his choice of number and more.
With Kevin Kennedy I was born in Swift Current, but grew up and played my first hockey game on an outdoor pond in Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan.


David Steckel

David Steckel

by The Hockey News - April 6, 2013 9:55 AM EDT

The Ducks checker talks about playing hockey outdoors as a kid, joining the U.S. NTDP, and more.
With Kevin Kennedy My earliest hockey memories are very unique. I played my first two years of hockey on an outdoor rink because we didn’t have an indoor arena in my hometown of Westbend, Wisconsin.


Sean Couturier

Sean Couturier

by The Hockey News - March 31, 2013 9:28 AM EDT

The 20-year-old Flyers forward talks about playing for many different teams in his childhood, settling down in junior, and more.
With Kevin Kennedy I started skating in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when I was very young while my dad was playing there for the Admirals, but I played my first game in Germany when he was with the Berlin Capitals.


Tomas Kundratek

Tomas Kundratek

by The Hockey News - March 17, 2013 1:02 PM EDT

The Capitals defenseman talks about how he got into hockey and how being traded to Washington changed his career.
With Kevin Kennedy My first hockey memory was when I was three years old back in the Czech Republic and I remember that it was my uncle that got me into the game instead of my father, because my dad didn’t play hockey - he played soccer.


Johnny Boychuk

Johnny Boychuk

by The Hockey News - March 9, 2013 10:05 AM EST

The Bruins defenseman talks about winning the city championship in Edmonton, playing against a minor hockey teammate in Europe and more.
With Kevin Kennedy My first hockey memory was playing at the community rink in Edmonton where I played almost all my hockey as a kid.


Mark Fraser

Mark Fraser

by The Hockey News - February 23, 2013 10:15 AM EST

The Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman talks about growing up in Blackburn Hamlet, making it to the OHL and more.
With Kevin Kennedy I grew up in a place called Blackburn Hamlet in the east end of Ottawa. Like a lot of other Canadian kids, hockey was a sport I've always played and loved.


Luke Schenn

Luke Schenn

by The Hockey News - February 16, 2013 11:10 AM EST

The Flyers defenseman talks about growing up as a hockey player in Saskatchewan and joining a stacked WHL team.
With Kevin Kennedy When I was a kid, I used to walk around my house with my skates on all the time. We had a rink in our yard and by the time I was three years old I was out there with my dad.


Jerred Smithson

Jerred Smithson

by The Hockey News - February 9, 2013 2:45 PM EST

The Panthers center talks about growing up in Vernon, B.C., never being drafted and his first NHL game.
With Kevin Kennedy I played my first game in my hometown of Vernon, B.C., which is where it all started for me. I think I had those skates with two blades and I just pushed a chair around the rink.


Toby Petersen

Toby Petersen

by The Hockey News - April 7, 2012 3:21 PM EDT

The versatile Dallas Stars forward writes about the impact of his while family growing up in Minnesota.
With Kevin Kennedy I grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, the former home of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. I’m a big Twins fan and I blame my brother for getting me into hockey instead of football or baseball.


Shawn Matthias

Shawn Matthias

by The Hockey News - March 31, 2012 11:21 AM EDT

The Florida Panthers forward talks about playing in the GTA as a kid, his relationship with his father and more.
With Kevin Kennedy I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and I played for the Clarkson Canadiens. I think I was five years old and my dad was going to put me into hockey, but he didn’t really know much about where or when to sign up and stuff.


Marty Reasoner

Marty Reasoner

by The Hockey News - March 24, 2012 9:55 AM EDT

The 35-year-old Islanders center talks about going the college route and getting drafted in St. Louis by the Blues.
With Kevin Kennedy I played hockey in Rochester, New York where I was born. My dad was a hockey coach so I was always around the rink growing up.


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