Who knows if Hamilton once built the Bulldog, maybe he still had those front teeth? He may still have a full smile or he may be a Bobby Clark today no matter where he plays.
But if he stayed in Hamilton, would he have signed with the New York Rangers like he did the day before, or would his life be completely different now?
“It’s completely different,” says Brandon Skenlin.
He was a ninth-round pick of the Bulldogs when he left the Hamilton Husky system in the spring of 2015. The kids chose that much lower usually do not make it to the Ontario Hockey League so he was realistic about his chances.
However, he was good at training camp. And next. He was big, soft and could clearly play. Unfortunately, Hamilton was deep on D and there was no room for him.
Would he join the team if he was selected?
“It was hard to say no at 16,” he says.
This is an important question because after two seasons with Jr. B Brantford 99ers, he decided to pursue his career through the US college system. If he was playing an OHL game, he would not be eligible to do so.
Synopsis, the coach he hired knew the coach of a team in the Alberta Youth League that had attracted a large number of scholarship players. So, Westmount Secondary alum went west to play until he was ready for college.
Brooks City (15,000 people) – The birthplace of Ryan Peak, Nickel Beck guitarist and hockey speaker in Canada, Harnarian Singh – has a Wendy, a McDonald, a Boston pizza, a small theater … and so on.
How small he was; every Wednesday he and his teammates met at the Dairy Queen for a cone.
“It was socially,” says Skanlin.
But, he was not there to sit. He was there to play hockey. And he spent two really good years there. Except for the teeth.
Oh yes, they are.
A tall stick during the first year of life further broke one of his front chompers. Just knock it so that the piece is in his mouth while the shift continues. But, he’s a hockey player, so he went his own way.
“I was playing with it with my tongue,” he says.
About a year later, he found another long stick in his mouth and took care of the other front tooth. The only thing he could think of was that Well, isn’t that really great?
Fortunately, by the time he got to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, he had figured out how to compensate for his stubbornness.
Depending on your age, Omaha may be best known as the home of Johnny Carson, a place that comes to mind when you think of Marlon Perkins and the Wild Kingdom on Sunday night TV or Python Manning’s favorite voice. But hockey? In Nebraska?
“Our games had an average of 5,000 to 6,000 fans,” he says.
“I did not expect such a thing.”
Not just wild fans. Amazingly enthusiastic people with their own traditions. Like something after the home team scores their first goal, they see someone throw the fish on the ice and then throw it by a spinning mini-ham.
Any special Type From fish? Why is the fish in a landlocked state that is not known for its fishing? And the wheels?
“I do not know the story behind it,” says Skanlin.
It does not matter, he was really good in the first year and even better in the second year. Because of COVID-19, the league created competition-style pods with multiple teams in one place to reduce travel and exposure. His school hosted a school which meant that a large number of scouts were always around.
When he had an exceptional season this year, he was not going to miss him. At the end of the year, he received several NHL offers. He took one from the Rangers.
He has been with the Hartford Wolf Pack AHL for the past few weeks. He even scored an assist in his first professional game. And he posed for his profile photo, which was quite similar to hockey with lost bikes.
The truth is that he did not think that if he had made bulldogs then, he would not have reached where he is today. There was a lot of depth and he did not have the same opportunities to progress. This is not bitterness, it is just reality.
In addition, he is only 22 years old and used to be able to do hockey and see places he would never have seen if he had stayed at home.
“It was a trip,” he says.
In the case of teeth, he fixes them when everything is done.