Vegas Golden Knights Alternate Captain, Defenceman and Las Vegas local opens up about hockey, family and living (and now playing) in Las Vegas.
- At what age did you know you wanted to be a hockey player? Who/what sparked your interest?
My parents. They followed hockey a lot. I don't remember when I first started, but from stories, they said I was one and a half or two years old, sitting and watching and entire hockey game and cheering the team on.
- If you weren't an athlete what career would you have picked?
I probably would have gotten into some sort of trade, like my dad, or farming. Growing up I worked on a farm at my uncle's place. I loved doing that every summer.
- What is your biggest accomplishment and why?
My First game. It was a dream come true. It's a moment you only get once and I will cherish it forever.
- As a longtime resident, what is your favorite part about living in Las Vegas? Do you have a favorite restaurant or show?
The people of Vegas. They're a lot of great people here, so many from different places that can all relate to moving here. It's also more outdoorsy than a lot of people think; I'm a big fan of that. On The Strip, there are a ton of great restaurants, it's hard to choose. One of our favorite restaurants off-Strip is Vintner Grill.
- What is your favorite thing about playing?
The competition. Every game is a battle to be won or lost. Then the team aspect; working with the team and being a part of the team. I love going out there and leaving it all on the ice for the guy next to you.
WEB EXCLUSIVE Q&A
- You first played in Las Vegas for the Wranglers after turning pro in 2003. What was that experience like? How does that compare/contrast to playing for the Golden Knights?
The big difference is in the leagues, obviously. Especially the caliber of players and the skill level. Going back, it was a big development for myself as a player. If you asked my coach then, he’d probably have me slotted as six or seventh defenseman and by the end of the year, I was playing top four. They worked with us a lot. It was a big step in the right direction in my career.