Before I Made It

Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson

by The Hockey News - December 17, 2011 10:44 AM EST

The Nashville Predators youngster recalls his first hockey game in Winnipeg, rides home with dad, and more.
With Kevin Kennedy I played my first ever hockey game when I was about four years old back in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The only thing I really remember from back then is my very first dangle.


Jay Rosehill

Jay Rosehill

by The Hockey News - December 10, 2011 10:28 AM EST

The Toronto enforcer talks about growing up in Olds, Alta., and finding his way as a hockey player from there.
With Kevin Kennedy I played all my minor hockey in Olds, Alta., and only left there when I was 17 to play midget AAA in Red Deer. I was kind of a product of the hometown minor hockey system all the way through.


Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

by The Hockey News - December 3, 2011 10:05 AM EST

The 25-year-old Bruins defender talks about his playing days as a kid all the way up to his first NHL call-up.
With Kevin Kennedy I grew up in Cornwall, P.E.I., and I played hockey with the North River Minor Hockey Association. They’ve built a new rink since then, so the building is still there, but it’s used as kind of a warehouse now.


Jason Garrison

Jason Garrison

by The Hockey News - November 26, 2011 12:03 PM EST

The late-blooming Panthers defenseman talks about his minor hockey days and making the NHL.
With Kevin Kennedy I went though all the levels from house league to AAA in Aldergrove, B.C. That was when I had the best time in minor hockey.


Matt Cullen

Matt Cullen

by The Hockey News - November 19, 2011 10:30 AM EST

The Minnesota native talks about memorable tournaments and playing for his dad.
With Kevin Kennedy The first team I played on was the Moorhead Orange in Virginia, Minnesota. My dad was a high school hockey coach so I grew up around the game.


Carl Gunnarsson

Carl Gunnarsson

by The Hockey News - November 12, 2011 10:17 AM EST

The Maple Leafs defenseman talks about how he got into hockey, his first NHL game and more.
With Kevin Kennedy I played my first game on an outdoor rink in Orebro, Sweden. We had two rinks next to each other, one with a roof and one completely outdoors.


Johnny Oduya

Johnny Oduya

by The Hockey News - November 5, 2011 11:45 AM EDT

The Winnipeg Jets defender talks about growing up playing hockey in Sweden and his journey to the NHL.
With Kevin Kennedy I was seven years old when I started playing hockey back in Sweden. I remember most of our games were at outdoor rinks.


Joel Ward

Joel Ward

by The Hockey News - October 29, 2011 10:23 AM EDT

The Capitals checker talked about his days as a house-leaguer and following his brothers into hockey.
With Kevin Kennedy I started playing hockey because I wanted to follow my two older brothers. They were friends with Kevin Weekes and I would try and join the local road hockey game.


Deryk Engelland

Deryk Engelland

by The Hockey News - October 22, 2011 10:40 AM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins defender recalls his backyard rinks as a kid and his first NHL call-up.
With Kevin Kennedy The first time I skated was in my backyard in Leduc, Alta. My dad was a welder and even though he transferred around a lot with work, he still found the time to build a rink for us in the backyard wherever we lived.


Tyler Ennis

Tyler Ennis

by The Hockey News - October 15, 2011 11:25 AM EDT

The small Buffalo Sabres left winger talks about growing up playing hockey with Jared Spurgeon and his memories of draft day.
With Kevin Kennedy I played my first hockey game in a house league in Edmonton. I can still remember my first goal, not because it was good, but because it was on my own net.


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