Luke Schenn: 'It's got chicken wire instead of glass...'
Luke Schenn is a 19-year-old defenceman from Saskatoon, Sask. His NHL career began in the 2008-09 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Schenn also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 World Juniors. He also helped Canada win gold at the 2007 world under-18 championships. His career in the Western Hockey League involved playing for the Kelowna Rockets.
CBC Sports.ca: How did you get into hockey?
Schenn: "Probably through my parents. I started when I was probably 4 years old, so that's how I probably got into it, through them."
CBC Sports.ca: What was the first game you can remember playing?
Schenn: "I don't know, that's a tough one. I don’t remember too much, so I just remember more so playing on the backyard rink than minor hockey. Yeah, we had a backyard rink and I remember playing on that a lot more."
CBC Sports.ca: Who was your funniest teammate, and why?
Schenn: "A guy named Colby Armstrong, I don't play with him, but he's the funniest player I ever met, yeah."
CBC Sports.ca: Where was the most memorable tournament you ever played, and why?
Schenn: "Probably the World Junior tournament, with Team Canada. We won the gold medal, so that was pretty memorable."
CBC Sports.ca: Where was the worst arena you’ve ever played at? What was it like?
Schenn: "This one little rink in Saskatchewan, and it's called, it's in Craig, Saskatchewan. And it's got like, chicken wire around instead of glass and square corners, and actually wooden boards….It's a town of like, not even a hundred people."
CBC Sports.ca: Where was the coldest game of hockey you ever played? Describe it.
Schenn: "Coldest? Probably in that same rink actually. It's like, it's honestly like a barn, but you actually play hockey there."
CBC Sports.ca: Who was the most memorable hockey parent you ever met? Why?
Schenn: "My parents, I guess you can say they're memorable. They took me everywhere, and always helped me out, drove me to early morning practices, and sacrificed a lot of their time to help me out."