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Minor memories, major fun

Senators players recall some of their best youth hockey moments

Thursday, 11.12.2009 / 4:05 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Minor memories, major fun
Ask anyone who’s ever played the game about a favourite minor hockey memory and one word always jumps to the forefront – fun.

It’s just as true for Ottawa Senators players, who can’t help smiling when they recall a much more innocent time on the ice, when the game was truly all that really mattered.

“Showing up at the rink at 5 a.m., freezing cold, half asleep and having my parents tie my skates,” said forward Ryan Shannon of his youthful days in Connecticut.

Minor hockey is also a time when just about anything seems possible. And often it is.

“Probably my first year of hockey,” Senators goaltender Brian Elliott said in looking back at a favourite time. “I was a forward and got a breakaway in overtime in the championship game and scored the winning goal, so that was pretty memorable.”

Backyard rinks, of course, are often part of the story. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson fondly remembers shovelling the snow off an outdoor ice surface before the hockey began. Goaltender Pascal Leclaire says that’s where he learned all about the game, playing with his father in front of a net the elder Leclaire built himself.

But no matter what the memory or the story, it always comes down to one thing.

“I remember just having fun,” said Ottawa defenceman Alex Picard. “It was all about fun in the younger days.”

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