Wednesday, January 30, 2013

NHL Alumni Interview: The Journeyman - Sean Pronger

Sean Pronger as a Mighty Duck
Living in a soon-to-be demolished farmhouse in Knoxville, Tennessee, the East Coast League was vastly different from wearing the ‘C’ at Bowling Green State University. Sean Pronger’s first trip to the NHL was still a year away, but life in professional hockey had begun.

“We had a barn, a horseshoe pit, and, of course, the farmhouse,” Sean writes in Journeyman. “When we moved in, our to-do list read something like this - buy horseshoes and throw a party in the barn. It should have included checking for cable, heat and signs of rodents. What’s that old saying? ‘If it’s too good to be true...’ Anyway, free is free, and he didn’t charge extra for the mice. A couple hundred dollars in mousetraps later, we had only a cable and heat problem.”

Selected in the third round (51st overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1991 NHL Draft, Sean would go on to play for sixteen teams in five leagues during his eleven year pro career. In the NHL, he took to the ice in 260 regular season games with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Vancouver Canucks.

Growing up in the Northern Ontario town of Dryden, with a population of 7,000 at the time, Sean explained in our interview that his passion for hockey began at a young age.

“Hockey was a big part of everybody’s life up there,” he reminisced. “Growing up with Hockey Night in Canada and long winters was conducive to outdoor rinks and playing street hockey. My friends, my brother Chris and myself, played a lot of hockey! You don’t start out playing the game to make it to the NHL, you just start out because you love doing it - you’re not really thinking that far ahead. When you are a kid, you think ‘That would be awesome’ but I just liked to play, I wanted to play as much as I could.”

Read my interview with Sean Pronger at the NHL Alumni website

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