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At the end of the day, hockey is still a game that we grew up playing since we were toddlers. It’s in our blood, and it’s a skill most guys who play professionally have crafted and paved their own pathways to a solid and successful career.
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Well, from when I was probably 4-5 years old I always said I wanted to play hockey when I grew up.
I was probably around 17 when I actually realized and started to believe that I could play hockey as a career.
At that age, when you are skating with older players in the summer and see the lifestyle they live and things they have achieved, it made me realize how much more I wanted to live that life.
How much I enjoy it can’t even be put into words.
Once you get into the professional hockey lifestyle, you realize pretty quickly how much more seriously guys take the game at the rink and also away from the rink.
It is a job that provides for not just a single athlete, but also married guys and their families.
So you really adapt quickly and also realize practices and off-ice conditioning is a big part of hockey.
You really have to be focused on those things, also.
Yes, the lifestyle in Europe is definitely a change from North America!
But at the end of the day, hockey is still a game that we grew up playing since we were toddlers.
It’s in our blood, and it’s a skill most guys who play professionally have crafted and paved their own pathways to a solid and successful career.
Aside from the ice being a bit bigger, there is a lot of guys who grow up in Europe who want to play in the NHL, so it makes the league a lot more competitive!
Three traits that I try and take pride in or accomplish year in and year out are:
Well, if your passionate about something, you will put in the work, and it won’t even feel like work!
If you truly want to play professional hockey then put your head down, work hard, don’t worry or listen to what anyone else is saying negatively and listen to the people who believe in you and will support you.
And get out there and achieve your goals!
Brett Findlay, current starting centre for HC Bolzana, has had an amazing journey in professional hockey. It was great to chat with him about his roots in hockey, and what made him fall in love with the game. From skating with talented players at a young age, to achieving his dream of becoming a pro, Brett has established a successful professional hockey career for himself. With vast experience in professional leagues including the ECHL, AHL, and various European leagues, Brett has brought his grit and determination each time he steps foot in the rink. He recognizes the competition that playing professional hockey brings, and credits his success to his determination, being unselfish, and being humble. Brett talks about the importance of realizing your passion for hockey in order to follow your dreams and achieve a professional career!