Luke Schenn: 'It's got chicken wire instead of glass...'

Minor memories: Luke Schenn
Luke Schenn, 19, is in his first NHL season. He was the fifth overall draft pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008-09. ((Harry How/Getty Images))

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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."