An (extremely) early look at the top 2021 OHL draft prospects

OK, yes, I admit: it’s way too early to be looking at the top prospects for the 2021 OHL draft. Like, seriously, we’re discussing Grade 8 kids here.

But that’s what makes hockey scouting so much fun: you get to see how kids develop over a couple of seasons, not just one or two.

Last week, I put out a piece looking at 20 prospects for the 2020 OHL draft that caught my attention. A couple thousand people read the piece, which was shocking to me. Seriously, why do you guys care so much about guys not eligible for the NHL draft until 2022?

I’m fortunate enough that, through my job and through other opportunities, I get to watch top talent from an early age. For example, once I get back from the NHL draft combine at the end of May, I’ll be in Oakville for the Draftday Prospect Showcase in Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, where I do video for various tournaments. There’s also the World Selects Invitational coming in a few weeks, and while I won’t be at it, it’ll be a great opportunity to follow many of the top prospects you’ll read about below.

Let me be clear: once again: this is not a mock draft. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you took this as an actual draft listing. What I’m doing here is outlining prospects I’ve watched and written notes about over the past few months, while taking discussions I’ve had with scouts in consideration.

I don’t feel like wasting much more of your time, so here’s 15 prospects worth keeping an eye on for the 2021 OHL draft (and, ultimately, the 2023 and 2024 NHL drafts, too).

Noah Cochrane, D (Barrie Jr. Colts): I remember seeing clips of Cochrane during the World Selects Invitational last year and the only thing that really amazed me was his speed. But at the OMHA championships in March, Cochrane was the best player on the ice in Barrie’s bronze medal effort over the York-Simcoe Express, scoring a nice end-to-end goal to make it 3-0 in the contest. Cochrane moved better than any defensemen I saw in this age group and was the most aggressive two-way player in general. Barrie has a good team and Cochrane has been a driving offensive force from the point for the Colts, something he’ll need to continue being if Barrie is going to make the OHL Cup next March.

Callum Ritchie, F (Oakville Rangers): Every few years, the Oakville Rangers are one of the toughest teams in Ontario to beat. The 1997-born team was absolutely dominant during the 2013 minor midget season, with the 2018 team also having quite the season. The 2005-born Rangers are one of the top teams in minor bantam, having finished with a 62-6-5 record this season, even though they eventually lost to Hamilton in the OMHA finals. One of the best players on the team was Ritchie, a physical two-way forward with a knack for winning faceoffs and can dominate puck control on most shifts. He was a game-changer for the Rangers during the two championship series games and two regular-season contests I watched him play, doing a good job of controlling the puck up and down the ice with impressive energy.

Luke McNamara, F (Toronto Titans): You’ve probably seen videos of what the small, speedy forward is capable of online, and McNamara looks like a truly intriguing prospect at a young age. A fluent skater that spends a lot of time in front of the net, McNamara has nice hands and puts solid power behind his wrist shot despite not being that big of a kid yet. In 2015, McNamara led the Shanahan/Warrior tournament with nine goals and 14 points with three game-winning goals, showing very early signs of greatness. McNamara’s skill is among the best in his age group and doesn’t waste many opportunities, so watch for him to score quite a bit this year.

OAKVILLE, ONT. – York-Simcoe Express defenceman RJ Schmidt (#19) before the OMHA Minor Bantam bronze medal game at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on March 17, 2019. (Steven Ellis/The Hockey News)

RJ Schmidt, D (York-Simcoe Express): More of a playmaker than a shooter, Schmidt has been one of the better defenders for the York-Simcoe Express and isn’t afraid to join the rush when called upon. The left-handed shooter is patient with the puck – he doesn’t dump and chase, but will rather take the puck back in his zone if he sees it as the most effective option. His passes are quick and slick, and he can run a strong power play. Watch for Schmidt to become one of the more noticeable defenders in the SCTA.

Angus Macdonell, F (Toronto Marlboros): The Marlboros will once again be one of the most feared teams in the GTHL – shocking, I know – and Macdonell will be one of the main reasons why. Macdonell has high-end top speed and can hold his old physically in battles in front of the net, an area he spends a lot of time in. Macdonell already has a powerful wrist shot and moves the puck well with extra space on the power play. Macdonell, the team captain, is an impressive playmaker and doesn’t let others boss him around. An exciting prospect, no doubt.

Carson Rehkopf, F (Toronto Jr. Canadiens): Another high-skilled forward, Rehkopf is a wizard with the puck. It seems to spend a lot of time on his stick and he has the offensive tools in his arsenal to make quick, clean passes and shoot quick and powerful wrist shots. A strong winger who uses his size to push kids around, Rehkopf makes it a habit to rush to the net and doesn’t like to be much of a bystander. A pure goal-scorer, Rehkopf could end up becoming one of the highest-skilled players of his age group.

Anthony Romani, F (Toronto Jr. Canadiens): Romani, one of Rehkopf’s linemates on Toronto, is a dangerous two-way forward who seems willing to take abuse in front of the net to help his team and likes to chip in rebounds from in close. Romani does a nice job of picking angles with an above-average wrist shot and is one of the better passers on the Jr. Canadiens. He isn’t a great skater, but he’s good enough to put himself in scoring areas and grabs a lot of points as a result.

Andrew Claughton, G (York-Simcoe Express): Goalies are very tough to predict, but I liked what I saw from Claughton at the OMHA’s. Claughton has a very quick blocker and makes many spectacular glove hand stops and he moves very well from post to post. Claughton was very good in York-Simcoe’s semifinal contest against the Bulldogs, which the Express eventually lost and is typically among the top goalies at any given tournament. It’s early, but I like his development so far.

Declan Waddick, F (Sun County Panthers): In 2018, Waddick was easily the most impressive forward at the OHF Peewee AAA championship, leading the Panthers to a championship with eight goals and 13 points in eight games. Waddick speed and puck control abilities allow him to break through the middle of the ice without fear of getting crushed by bigger defensemen, but the right winger also doesn’t hesitate to take his game to the perimeter. I have only seen Waddick a few times, but his stick-handling abilities are memorable for a kid his age.

Brock Cummings, F (Mississauga Rebels): Another star from the World Selects Invitational, Cummings had five goals and six points in eight games last year with the East Coast Selects team. Cummings is a big kid with great hands and high top speed that wins most of his one-on-one battles and doesn’t fail on many breakaway chances. One of the more dangerous forwards in the GTHL, Cummings is used in all special team situations thanks to his go-go-go mentality of always being on the attack. Cummings will be capable of scoring a lot of goals in his career.

Owen Davy, G (London Jr. Knights): I can’t find his listed size, but I know that Davy takes up a lot of his net and fills a good amount of the crease for is age. Davy is very athletic, often finding the opportunity to make a big save in a tough situation or a quick scramble in front. A lot of shots do tend to go up high on him, but as he grows and learns to utilize his size, especially with his already-strong rebound control, he won’t have many flaws in his game. Davy was playing AA just two seasons ago, so it’s cool to see how he’s developed in the years since.

OAKVILLE, ONT. – Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs goaltender Ben Rossi (#74) before the OMHA Minor Bantam Championship game at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on March 17, 2019. (Steven Ellis/The Hockey News)

Ben Rossi, G (Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs): Rossi was one of the major standouts of the OMHA championships, leading the Bulldogs to the title over a stronger Oakville team. Rossi was a standout with the Bulldogs Peewee AAA team at the 2018 Ontario Winter Games, leading the team to gold in the high-paced tournament. Rossi moves from post-to-post quickly and has impressive rebound control for his size and age. Rossi obviously isn’t a big kid yet but he does a good job of limiting his angles and his glove hand is as quick as it gets for a minor bantam goaltender. Look for Rossi to be one of the first goalies chosen two years from now.

Gabe Runco, D (Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs): Runco was one of the more noticeable players on the Bulldogs this season, moving the puck quickly and with confidence. Runco has a nice set of hands that he uses often and it’s not uncommon for him to chip in and score a pretty goal. The raw skill is there, but the refinement is still needed: he puts himself out of position at times trying to rush the puck and can be caught waiting too long to make a play at points. But overall, I like what I’ve seen from him. A

Mitchell Brooks, F (Burlington Eagles): One of the common traits you’ll see of kids this age is that they have electrifying energy and love to get involved with the puck around the net. That’s exactly what Brooks is: a fiesty ball of speed and skill, mixed in with an impressive ability to put pucks in the net. Brooks was Burlington’s best player at the OHF championship series and had a solid four goals and six points with Pro Hockey at the 2018 World Selects Invitational. The left winger was one of the best players in the SCTA this past season and will represent the league at the Draftday Prospects Showcase in Oakville next month, where he should be one of the more dangerous scorers.

James Petrovski, F (Toronto Titans): Petrovski played with the major bantam team this year, which is a good sign given that the Titans went on to win the OHF bantam championships in early April. He wasn’t much of an offensive threat for the Titans, but he also didn’t look out of pace playing against older, stronger competition, either. Petrovski is an impressive skater that’s quick to win puck battles and is tough to take the puck off of due to his skating. Petrovski isn’t eligible until the 2024 NHL draft due to being a December 2005 baby, but that will give him an edge when he’s eventually drafted. Assuming he plays a year up again, Petrovski will be given plenty of opportunities to play meaningful hockey for a Titans team that will factor into the GTHL title race next season.

An early look at the top 2020 OHL draft prospects

My girlfriend thinks it’s weird that I follow junior and minor hockey.

“You watch and evaluate a bunch of 15 year olds? What’s wrong with you?”

Yeah, I know, it does seem weird, but she doesn’t understand what it’s like to watch the next generation of young superstars a few years early… OK, I sound like a hipster now.

The 2019 OHL draft completed last week – albeit, with a large array of technical issues on the league’s end – and thus, the attention has switched over to the best 2004-born prospects for the 2020 OHL selection process. The Ontario Hockey Federation just had its major bantam championship last week, with the Toronto Titans beating the Toronto Jr. Canadiens 6-1 in the final.

I’m not going to claim that I followed the bantam level all year, because, in reality, I went to like 10 games total. In fact, I think I saw more minor bantam games than major bantam. But I did watch a ton of video, talked to scouts and coaches and combined notes that I took at games myself (full disclosure: while I do write about prospects from time to time for The Hockey News, I follow these levels of hockey for fun in my free time).

Anyways, I’ll keep it short: I wanted to get my thoughts out on some of my favourite prospects heading into the 2019-20 minor midget season in Ontario. One name that’s missing? Lane Hinkley of the Vaughan Kings. He’s from Moncton, and my understanding is he’ll head to the QMJHL draft, but correct me if I’m wrong. Hinkley is one of the best 2004-born skaters I’ve seen due to his quick feet and great transition from backwards to forwards. His experience playing a full season up will be an advantage for him moving forward, so enjoy him while you can, Toronto-area scouts.

Let’s get at it.

IMPORTANT: This is, by no means, a proper ranking. This is just a list of players I’ve seen play that will garner some attention a year from now.

Adam Fantilli, C (Toronto Jr. Canadiens): It’s still a while until the 2023 NHL draft, but the fact that Fantilli, a late 2004-born prospect, was such a dominant player at the minor midget level (playing kids nearly two years older than him) is a sign that he’s no ordinary prospect. The early favourite to be picked first next April, Fantilli is a smart kid that likes to drag defenders to the boards before making a quick move to put himself back into the slot. The Red Wings were so confident in the mid-sized forward that they played him in most situations, often finding a way to get involved on the scoresheet. Fantilli was a top 20 player in the GTHL this year, and that’s saying something given that he’s younger than the rest of the crowd. There were rumors of Fantilli leaving the GTHL to play in the United States, but sources close to Fantilli have said the plan is for him to play with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens next year.

Mick Thompson, F (Toronto Jr. Canadiens): No, he’s not the Slipknot guitarist, but Thompson is the definition of a player that works hard. Not a big kid, Thompson does have a physical side to his game that allows him to battle against stronger competition and his skating gets him where he needs to be to make plays. On a Toronto team that was on the top of the GTHL all year long, Thompson showcased his tremendous wrist shot and seemed to find passing lanes out of thin air. He’s got great hands and is always digging for pucks, typically making most of the scoring chances for his teammates.

Kocha Delic, F (Toronto Titans): Delic was easily one of the best players at the recent bantam AAA OHF championships, leading the Titans in scoring with four goals and 11 points in just seven games. Delic creates chances on every shift and has tremendous speed to separate him from his opponents. His mix of speed and size makes taking the puck off of him a challenge and he isn’t afraid to get rough to get the puck on his blade. Delic fights very hard and even on off nights, Delic shows that he’s a skilled player that brings his A-game to every battle. Very few players will impress as much as Delic will next season as he hopes to help his team start the year with a championship at the Titans Early Bird event a few months from now.

Hayden Simpson, F (Toronto Titans): He really thrived when playing alongside Delic this year, but Simpson is a kid worth watching on his own. Simpson had eight points in eight games at the OHF’s, but it was his hard-nosed game that really kept scouts watching. Simpson is fast, aggressive and doesn’t like to lose, and is truly a kid you want on your team if winning is your type of thing because of how much he gives on the ice.

Mason Chen, D (Toronto Titans): While Delic was the one earning most of the attention on the Titans this season, Chen was one of the most impressive two-way defenders in the GTHL with a nice mix of speed and smarts. You can rely on Chen to get the puck out safely and can kill penalties with ease, but his biggest asset is his ability to change the pace of the game with the puck on his stick.  A power play specialist, Chen will put a lot of pucks in the net next season.

Aaron Andrade, F (Mississauga Senators): Andrade plays with a good mix of speed and skill and has enough energy to last a full game without really slowing down. He’s a tremendous passer that isn’t afraid to send a puck through tight angles to make a play. A star with the Senators this year, Andrade played a lot on the power play this year and will likely contribute a lot of offence with the man advantage next season.

Harrison Ballard, F (Mississauga Senators): Ballard left the Don Mills Flyers after his bantam season – Don Mills, of course, won nearly every championship possible this season and never lost in regulation – but he showed tons of promise with the Mississauga Senators program while also earning some games in minor midget. Ballard, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, is an athletic winger that’s full of energy and is one of the main offensive catalysts for the Sens along with Andrade because of the pace he plays at. Ballard plays a physical game and should be a threat to jump to the OHL right away after getting drafted.

Cedrick Guindon, F (Eastern Ontario Wild): The Eastern Ontario WIld were the class of the field of the OEBHL this year, with Guindon leading the way with 96 points in 29 games and an additional 15 at the Bantam AAA championships. A high-energy player with a fantastic wrist shot for his age, Guindon also played with the Rockland Nationals U18 midget AAA team, recording two goals and an assist in a game in early October. Guindon does so much right: he’s very aggressive on the attack, he knows how to put himself in a dangerous scoring situation and he doesn’t back down from a physical challenge.

David Goyette, F (Eastern Ontario Wild): Guindon’s main man on the Wild, Goyette finished the OHF’s with 14 points in eight games, with two multi-goal games to go along with a four-point effort against the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs earlier in April. Goyette had quite the regular season, totaling 43 goals and 94 points in 30 bantam games before embarking on a 23-point run in eight playoff games. He was also a huge performer with the Hawkesbury Hawks midget AAA team, scoring three goals and adding four assists for seven points in eight games as an underager. Goyette has become a very quick player that spends most of his time buzzing around the net, and if he continues to develop at the pace he has, he’ll be a huge pickup at next year’s draft.

Dalyn Wakely, F (Quinte Red Devils): Wakely was a dominant player for Quinte at the OHF’s, tying Guindon for the tournament lead in points with 15. Like most of the players on this list, Wakely earned a call-up to minor midget this year, recording an assist for the minor midget team during the playoffs. Wakely does a nice job of forcing defensemen to turn over the puck and his wrist shot is among the best in the ETA. Wakely’s play will remind you Francesco Pinelli’s in the way he’s relentless, making plays rather than waiting for them.

Nathan Poole, F (Oshawa Jr. Generals): A big centreman, a lot of people have raved about Poole’s abilities against other kids his age. Poole was called up by the Oshawa Generals minor midget team for three games this season, scoring twice. Poole also showed his playmaking abilities as a member of the Pro Hockey Selects at the World Selects Invitational last year, posting five assists and seven points. Poole is a good skater that can throw big hits and rarely loses one-on-one puck battles, including against bigger minor midget kids. Oshawa figures to be a contender next year, and Poole will be a major contributor once more.

Dominic DiVincentiis, G (Toronto Jr. Canadiens): DiVincentiis has been the backbone of the Jr. Canadiens that has been the team to beat in its age group from Day 1. A quick agile goalie, DiVincentiis was one of the top goaltenders for the Draftday Hockey Selects U14 team at the World Selects Invitational last spring and kept the Jr. Canadiens in tough battles throughout the year. Even though he plays for a dominant team, DiVincentiis is still projected to be one of the top goalie prospects chosen at the OHL Draft next April.

Liam Eveleigh, D (Waterloo Wolves): Eveleigh isn’t going to wow you with flashy offensive moves, but his play at the OHL Cup was enough to get people to notice what he can do in his own zone. Everleigh showed a tendency to get aggressive and engage in physical bouts, no matter who it was he had to match up against. A strong skater, Eveleigh was an important blueliner for Waterloo despite being the youngest defender on the team, and scouts really complimented his willingness to engage in the play.

Isaiah George, D (Toronto Marlboros): George is a talented two-way defender from Oakville, Ontario that does a great job of engaging in the attack. George is very smooth and calculated when dishing out a pass – he never rushes the play like other kids his age tend to do. A skilled playmaker, George tends to shy away from the physical play, but can hold his own. He seems determined at all times to get the puck on the opposing net, which is typically a good thing for a hockey player, don’t you think?

Paul Ludwinski, F (Toronto Marlboros): With two game-winning goals for the Marlboros, who eventually lost to the Toronto Titans 6-1 in the finals, Ludwinski is making a case to be selected early next spring. Ludwinski was consistently one of Toronto’s best players at the OHF’s after recording points in all but one game, a 1-1 tie with the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs to kick off the tournament. Ludwinski plays with urgency – he doesn’t like to wait around to watch the play develop. Instead, he forces turnovers at a high rate and is known to sneaking up on a slow-moving defenseman in order to steal the disk. Ludwinski will once again be one of the Marlboros’ best players.

Ryan Struthers, F (Halton Hurricanes): A big, speedy centre, Struthers always has his head moving in order to find a teammate on the rush due to his solid playmaking sense. Struthers’ isn’t a big-time goal scorer, but his speed and ability to get creative with the puck will catch your eye. He’s a project guy – he likely won’t go that early next April – but he’s the type of player that does enough things right with the puck that you wouldn’t be afraid to give him significant ice time.

Noah Van Vliet, D (Toronto Red Wings): While he wasn’t used in important situations, Van Vilet spent the year playing with the Red Wings’ minor midget team, holding his own quite well as a mobile defenseman. Van Vilet puts is active with the puck and puts a lot of shots on net, but you’ll like how responsible he is when sending out a pass and defending in his own zone.

Boe Piroski, G (Sun County Panthers): Piroski was one of the better goalies at the Draft Day Prospects Showcase in 2018 and he carried that momentum into the regular season with the Panthers in Alliance action. Piroski was very busy in net for the Panthers this year as his team generally struggled, but he showed impressive lateral quickness to prevent goals from cross-ice passes in my viewings. Piroski has good size, he doesn’t put himself out of position often and he doesn’t struggle with rebounds.

Seth Kirou, D (Don Mills Flyers): The 2004 Flyers aren’t going to be as good as the 2003 team, but Kirou will make watching Don Mills worth watching. Kirou has explosive acceleration and starts and stops with ease, with and without the puck. Kirou gets a lot of shots on net and isn’t afraid to jump in the play because he knows he has the tools to get back. Kirou isn’t a big kid, but he does a good job of playing physical when required.

Ty Nelson, D (Toronto Jr. Canadiens): If you like speedy, skilled defensemen, Nelson is your guy. He isn’t a big kid, but Nelson has incredible raw talent with fantastic speed and a great ability to start and stop quickly. Nelson has major confidence carrying the puck up the ice and his wrist has impressive velocity. There’s so much to like about his game, and if he adds size and learns to use it effectively, he’ll be a top-five pick by the end of the season.

The Jack (Hughes) of all trades

This story was originally published in the World Hockey Magazine.

The legend of Jack Hughes has been one that hockey scouts have been following for some time now. He’s no ordinairy prospect: he is one of the greatest prospects to come out of the United States in some time.

If you’ve gotten this far into the magazine, you know how good Hughes is. Jack is part of a talented hockey family that already saw Quinn get drafted by the Vancouver Canucks, while his younger brother, Luke, committed to the University of Michigan for 2021 at the age of 14. But of the trio, Jack looks like the best of all, especially after his play with the United States National Development program over the past two years.

The Ontario Hockey League declined his bid to earn exceptional status before his actual minor midget season, prompting him to join the USNTDP after dominating the GTHL with 159 points in 80 games in 2106-17 one of the greatest minor midget seasons ever (Connor McDavid had 209 points in 88 games and was granted exceptional status a few years earlier).

Last season, he put up 116 points with the program, just one point shy of tying the record Auston Matthews set during his time with the program. The difference? Hughes did it as a 16-year-old, one year younger than Matthews when he achieved the record. To even get that high, you have to beat out the likes of Phil Kessel, Clayton Keller, Jack Eichel, Patrick Kane, the Tkachuk brothers… you get the point.

Hughes’ last tournament before heading off to the World Juniors was a Five Nations tournament overseas in early November. How’d he do? Oh, he just led the entire tournament with 15 points in four games. No biggie. When you look back at highlights from the tournament, it seems as though there’s no true weakness to his game: he’s faster than a Mercedes F1 car, he stickhandles the puck like he has a magnet in his stick, he seems to be able to score at will and makes everyone around him better.

But that’s from a scouting perspective. What makes Hughes the training centre in Oakville, Ontario. You may have seen his videos on Instagram, where he shares clips of players he’s worked with to his nearly 17,000 followers. Among some of the players that have worked with
him in the past include Taylor Hall, John Tavares and Phil Kessel, just to name a few. The Hughes brothers have been training with Ninkovich as well. He has been training Jack for over four years now as a sports performance coach, while also assisting his parents in organizing his off-season training regimens.

SE) When you watch him play, what traits about his game do you notice the most?

DN) His compete level is second to none. What (makes him) stand out from his peers, though, is his spatial awareness and ability to read plays. He has an instinctive understanding as per which areas of the ice he can be creative (and dangerous) with the puck, as well as the ability to read and join a developing play. In a sense, it’s his hockey IQ. His style of play is very deceptive and on one-on-one’s, he is very hard to read. It also helps that his mother, Ellen Hughes, is a skating instructor and a former player, as his edges were always his strong feature.

SE) In the time that you’ve worked with him, what can you say he has improved on the most?

DN) It is a collection of things. Many people contributed to his success — mainly his father Jim
and mother Elle. I usually quote, “it takes a village to raise a child” proverb. What I personally focused on, aside from the obvious, is his lower body mechanics to include injury prevention, his stability, shot mechanics and lateral power.

SE) If you were to ask him, what do you think he would say he needs to work on going forward?

DN) Interestingly enough, we held him back in many respects as we didn’t want to force capacity style of training at a young age. His ceiling for power and strength is very high and we
barely (started last year) have tapped into that. As any player that age, he can get stronger and his shot can get better. He is way ahead of his development curve in some respects, yet has room in other areas as they were not prioritized. After all, he is only 17
years of age.

Jack has a high understanding of the game and is very self-critical. I know he looks to improve details on a game-to-game basis, as the real tests are yet to come in the NHL.

SE) Jack is known to be a very strong skater, but what is it that really stands out with him?

DN) I would describe him as shifty/deceptive, a puck roamer, playmaking style. A word that also comes to mind is a waterbug. His skating with or without the puck is hard to read for the opposing defenders. Every time he is on the ice, he is making things happen. He is built for the new NHL brand of hockey. A Patrick Kane, Mitch Marner-hybrid would be a fair comparison. I also worked with Connor McDavid at his age, and can tell you that they have a very similar development curve.

SE) You’ve gotten to know Jack as more than just a hockey player, but as a person too. What is he like?

DN) I met him as a boy, but now he demands respect with his professionalism and attitude towards the game and his surroundings. It is a lot of pressure that not many would be able to handle. So, in many ways, I admire him too. But he is not only a hockey player, I know him as a genuine, fun and a good-hearted kid I enjoy working with. If you knew his parents, you
would understand it can not be any other way. They are an example family and I am proud to be a part of their circle.

SE) The entire Hughes family have shown talent. What is it that makes Quinn, Jack and Luke as good as they are?

DN) Well, you have three brothers, and that is a good start as the competitive environment is there. I would say it’s the love for the game. Not just playing the game, but understanding the concept and a process behind it. Obviously, there is a genetic component since both parents played and work in hockey, but their curiosity to learn, understand and get better could not be forced upon them. They breathe hockey.