They may all be teammates right now, but every Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin player followed a different path to becoming a professional hockey player. From the time they first stood on skates, there have been influential coaches, lessons learned and players they wanted to emulate.
Each week we’ll take a look at how each Penguin player got their early start in the sport.
Position: Left wing
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
How old were you when you began skating? “I started at 4 years old in Germany. My dad played overseas in the German League with the Frankfurt Lions at the time.”
How old were you when you began playing hockey? “I started organized hockey at age 5 or 6 in Las Vegas, where I was born. Even in Vegas there are opportunities for young kids to play hockey.”
Who had the biggest influence on your start in hockey? “My dad (Ken Quinney). He played at the highest level and he really influenced me to play hockey.”
What important lesson did you learn as a kid that you still apply to your game today? “Just have fun with it. I know it’s a job but you always want to have fun playing hockey. Not too many people get to do this as a job so you have to stay with it every day.”
What advice do you have for a young player? “Have fun. That’s the main thing as a young kid. Playing the sport you love growing up, with your buddies all the time, just have fun with it.”