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Getty Images: Jen Fuller (far left); Dave Sandford (left); courtesy New York Islanders (right)
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aMPEd FoR His islEs FutuRE
with a netfront presence and shot his dad would be proud of, Kieffer Bellows is the real deal. rookie camp was step one.
By Leo Scaglione Jr.
or most ice hockey players, the road to becoming a first-round National
Hockey League draft selection starts on a frozen pond or lake.
The same holds true for Kieffer Bellows, who was taken 19th overall by
the New York Islanders in the 2016 NHL draft.
"I started skating on Lake Riley in my backyard when I was 3 years old
with my dad," reminisced Bellows, an Edina, Minn., native. "Of course I didn't know
how to skate, but he glided me around out there."
HIS DAD, BRIAN, not only
aided him on the ice, but also
served as a role model.
During a 17-year NHL career, the elder Bellows scored
1,022 points in 1,188 regularseason games. He also posted
122 points in 143 career playoff
contests and won the Stanley
Cup in 1993 as a member of the
Kieffer, who was too young
to see his dad play live, has
watched highlights of him on
the Internet and television.
"I admired the way he shot
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the puck and the physical element in his game," he said. "He
wasn't afraid to go in front of
the net. I try to model myself
after that. I like to do that. It's
something that was maybe
passed down and something
that we clone each other on."
Kieffer called having a hockey dad a "unique experience."
"There's a lot of pressure on
you," he remembered. "Some
people don't really like you
for having a dad like that. It's
something that you have to
battle through, but my family
and friends were there to support me. My coaches growing
up supported me through all
of that, too. I can't thank those
people enough for how much
they've done for me. They're the
reason I'm where I am today."
Kieffer also praised his mom,
Tracy, for the large role that she
played in helping him as a kid.
"My mom was the one waking
up early - 5 a.m. on Saturdays -
to bring me to a 7 a.m. practice in
Minneapolis," he said. "She was
the one driving me early and taking care of me, making me breakfast, getting me up for school. I
love her. She's the best mom in
the world. I guarantee that."
But at age 16, after scoring twice in the championship
game to help Edina High School
win its second straight Minnesota Class 2A state championship, Bellows made the difficult
decision to leave home when he
joined the United States Hockey League's Sioux Falls Stampede for the 2014-15 season.
"I felt ready," he said. "I want-
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NEHJ August 2016
Our Starting Lineup
Around the Region
Bruins Beat: Ryan Donato
NHL New England
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Prep/High School Guide
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The Hockey Mom
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