Growing up on the frozen covered track in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, I was skating soon after I learned to walk. I was always the outdoorsy type. Hockey, fishing, swimming, snowmobiles, pretty much anything that kept me outside trying new and crazy things. You wouldn’t find me inside playing video games or anything of the sort, I’d be out on that frozen running track, skating laps, stick-handling and teaching myself new moves.
Hockey became a natural fit. I always wanted to be the best and push myself to get better. The skating at a young age, the hours I would spend outside, I was constantly working harder and harder to perfect my game.
I joined the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, of the OHL for several years when I was younger. And, at just 20 years old, I moved to Wilkes Barre, PA, after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ’04 draft. I spent several years in Pittsburgh and was a part of the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion team. After spending some time in San Jose, New York & New Jersey, I battled a few injuries and was forced to retire.
With over 500 games played in the NHL, I am passionate about sharing my love for hockey and helping kids learn, the same way I did, growing up in my small town.
My days are now full of being a teacher of the game, along with being a father & a husband. My wife Brandi, daughter Cookie, and I, have made a home in Pittsburgh, and my love for hockey fits perfectly in this City of Champions.
It is my mission to share my passion for the game, in hopes to help kids discover their passion in life.