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Played WHL with Red Deer Rebels
Drafted to the NHL by the Pittsburg Penguins #182 Overall in the 1993 NHL Draft
Member of '96 and '98 Canadian National Team
Played 15 seasons of Professional Hockey
Earned his University Degree and MBA
Happily Married for 19 years with 2 children
Don't be afraid to fail
What are the top 3 accomplishments that you are most proud of?
1.) Playing in the NHL, and 17 years professional hockey
2.) Getting a Masters Degree while still playing
3.) Winning the Southern Alberta Championship in youth hockey
What is your WHY? What lights your fire and makes you do what you are doing.
I love the game of hockey, I love to compete, the more time I spend outside of the game the more respect the sport. It holds you accountable to yourself and to your peers. Your character and integrity are challenged and tested every single day. You can't last or make it at the higher levels without it.
Legacy. What do you want to be remembered for?
The only thing I try to hold on to every day is being a great husband, a great father, and empowering my kids to have the confidence to blaze their own path.
What are some of the biggest mistakes you see young athletes making, what are some that you made that looking back you would have done differently?
Youth hockey players far too often just follow the crowd instead of making proper educated decisions. 1 regret; I declined the offer to play in the Canadian Winter Games in midget and wish I had.
What do you like most about the PX3 AMP Program? Why is this program so important for kids?
The AMP program teaches things way beyond the game, having the opportunity to try other sports, having great coaches surrounding them that are totally dedicated to seeing them develop as athletes and leaders, in an environment where no one is judging you or screaming at you, it's amazing.
Who is the person, coach, or institution that told you to quit or did not believe in you. Why?
I blocked any of that out - couldn't tell you anyone specifically.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you have had to overcome to get where you are?
The biggest obstacle I ever overcame was getting injured early on in my career and just loving the game enough not to give up or ever quit.
Who is the person/coach who made the biggest difference in your life or believed in you when others did not?
I've had some incredible coaches throughout my career, from Mike Babcock, to Barry Trotz, but the one coach that made the biggest difference in my career was hands down
Walt Kyle. He coached me in Hamilton and truly believed in me.
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