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Sharing a love for hockey

Mark Stuart talks about sharing an incredible hockey experience with his Father

Friday, 15.06.2012 / 12:00 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

Unlike many young kids, Mark Stuart did not pick up his passion for hockey from his father. His dad Mike Stuart was a football and baseball player all his life and only fell in love with hockey when the family moved to Minnesota where hockey is very popular.

“We had a rink in the back yard every winter and through work he got involved with the local junior hockey team,” remembered Stuart.

“One of my favourite memories growing up was going to those hockey games every Friday and Saturday night in Rochester. I didn’t watch a lot of pro or college games then, that USHL team was what I remember growing up with.”

The local Rochester team was called the Rochester Mustangs, a team that Mark’s older brother also named Mike, had played for.

As Mark became more and more serious with his hockey career, his father wanted to get more and more involved but not just as a hockey dad. In fact, he was the team doctor for the US National team when Mark played for the national junior team.

“One of my favourite experiences with him was when I played for US at the World Junior Championships in Finland (2004),” he remembered. “He was part of our team and we won the Gold, so to share that with him was pretty special.”

Mark hopes to share another national experience like that again one day, possibly at the World Championship level.

“He knows more about the game than I do,” he said. “He follows hockey very closely, just loves watching it and being involved with it.”

Playing sports in the Stuart family was all about having fun and playing hard with no stress and no pressure, something that Mark is very thankful for looking back on his childhood.

“The coolest thing about growing up around him was that he let us have fun with sports,” said Stuart. “He never pushed us at all. I played football and baseball growing up; hockey wasn’t the only thing he encouraged. All he cared about is that you worked hard and had fun. That’s one thing I’m thankful for because otherwise I may have gotten burnt out.”


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01