Hockey, Gary Dinin, Saint Mike discussed on Spittin' Chiclets
What, you can be cocky. It's okay if you're really good. Yeah, no, I was. Like, not my first couple years, but then as I started to go, then it just started to kind of kick in. Yeah. Yeah. And for me, growing up, it's high school hockey. It's changed in Massachusetts. I think Minnesota is the best at that, but you always play junior, you know, like everyone played prep school and stuff like that. How was it that you never ended up at one of those New England prep schools? Well, we were really lucky. So my mentor, my coach back then, was a guy named Gary dinin. Gary was from Montreal. He played, you know, he played for Toronto for saint Mike's in Toronto. He played for the Canadian Olympic team. And he ended up playing in the LA organization and they had a American League team in Springfield for a short time. And he played there and ended up settling there. So what he did was he started his own junior team and summertime he had a hockey school, you know, went to time he had the junior team, but he knew how to run it. He knew how to run it like a Canadian junior team. So I mean, we didn't have any money or we didn't, nothing was fancy. But the way he coached him the way he coached the way he emphasized practice, the way he made a stress up, like the accountability, you know, like, he checked, you know, you know, everything, it was a full package thing. He suspended me for two weeks one time because my grades were so bad. I'm a hockey player. My dad got together. And they're like, yeah, he's not doing well. He's like, all right, Gary and you're shut down for two weeks. So but it was a complete package. And it was it was kind of crazy. Because we played at the Big E, the eastern states exposition. Great old rank where the Springfield Indians used to play. But the high school teams used to get all the prime ice slots for practice. So, you know, long meadow would practice any song meadow, then, you know, agam would practice. I got 50 gold in ten games. And then, you know, we're the Springfield Olympics, but we're called the picks. So then the pixel practice. So our practices were at like 1111 30 at night. So come home, do my homework, shoot some pucks, take a nap, get up, go to practice, come back and wake up, go to school and do it all over again. But we practice all the time. It wasn't heating. I don't want to say he didn't care about the games. It was a development. It was a practicing. We practice, you know, an hour and a half, you know, every night. And it was phenomenal. It was before that, had you ever thought about playing pro hockey before you ever went to Springfield? Since I can remember. You were like this. And was it bruins? Bruins all the way. The bees all the way up. That's awesome. I used to like, the game would come on. You know what I'm saying? I don't have a tennis ball. You know, I'd make a net out of the sofa cushions and I'd be watching Terry O'Reilly and Rick Middleton and, you know, genre tell and all these guys Brad park. It was the best. Yeah, I mean, I don't know what I would be doing if I didn't play hockey. So given you talk about after you're playing career and how hyper focused you've gone and becoming a GM. It was that similar to kind of becoming a player in the National Hockey League. That's why you went up going over to Springfield. Now did you already have that offer for Boston college on the table when you went over to Springfield? No, no. Because I didn't, so I played all my high school years in Springfield. And living at home the whole time. The whole time, I went to local prep school, right? My town will ran monson academy. It was valedictorian, right? Yes. Yes. Yeah. That's an actual fact. Yeah, yeah. It's a 4.1. That's.