New York Hockey Journal - August 2016 - 42
with ... David
How old were you when you started skating? "I was 3 years old and skated on the backyard
rink growing up. I was out there with my two older
brothers (Peter and John). That's where I learned to skate."
Your second cousin is Chicago Blackhawks head
coach Joel Quenneville. In addition to family members
who played and coached, what else led to your interest in
hockey? "Being a Canadian boy in Edmonton where it was really cold,
the outdoor rink was huge for me. Being out there every day after school,
it really started to build my love for the game. At that point, I didn't really know
that I loved the game that much. It's such a young age. But as I grew it became a part of
my life. For me, it started right on the backyard rink."
Was there a sibling rivalry growing up? "Absolutely! Even when we played
Brandon (Wheat Kings) this past year, every chance I had to run John I tried. He's a
big sled at 6-2. Whenever I had a chance to hit him or play him hard, I did. It was the
same with Pete when he played with Brandon last year as a 20-year-old. We had a
lot of fun in those competitive battles."
How would you compare your style with those of your two brothers? "We are all different players. John's a really big kid, 6-2, 200 pounds. He's a lot
bigger than me; he has six inches on me. Pete is more of a skilled shooter. He plays
well and is a really smart player. As for myself, I'm a competitive offensive D-man.
I like to make plays. We have three unique styles."
Who won the battles in the corners growing up? "It was me versus
them two. There were a lot of two-on-ones growing up. They tried to work me to
make sure that I was learning the game properly and to toughen me up. A lot of the
toughness and competitiveness that I have today is from playing with Pete and John.
That's where it all started for me."
Why did you become a defenseman? "When I was a young kid - 6, 7
years old - I was a cherry picker. I would stand in the slot, slam my stick and wait for
a pass to shoot. My dad (Andre) then told me I was going to play the point. From there
it's been a smooth transition."
- LEO SCAGLIONE JR.
Photo: Marissa Baecker/Getty Images
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers; New York Islanders organization
Pos.: D | Hometown: Edmonton, Alta. | Shoots: R | Size: 5-8, 181
Honors: Drafted 200th overall by the New York Islanders in the
2016 NHL Entry Draft. Taken 10th overall by Medicine Hat in the
2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Led Medicine Hat
defensemen with 55 points (14-41-55) in 64 games last season.
Competed at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Junior Championship,
where he led all defensemen with eight points (5-3-8) in
seven contests with Team Canada and earned a spot on the
Under-18 WJC All-Star Team.
Food: Steak; Pregame meal: "Chicken, salmon and any kind of pasta."
Junior road rink: "Edmonton. It's in my hometown. It's a fun rink
to play in and is also really nice. I usually get a pretty good crowd
every time I'm there."
Cartoon growing up: "I wasn't much of a cartoon guy but I'll
go with Pokémon. It's a bit off the board but that's what I watched
Car: "Mercedes G-Class. It's an off-road vehicle and
those are really pretty cars."
Actor: "Justin Timberlake. He's a smooth guy in his acting and he's
also a talented singer."
Singer: "Kanye West. He's a really good rapper and I like what he
makes. He does a really good job making music."
Sport other than hockey: "Baseball. I'm a huge baseball fan.
Growing up as a Canadian kid, we always loved the (Toronto) Blue
Jays. In the offseason when we didn't have our backyard rink, we
turned it into a small Wiffle ball stadium. We had a lot of fun hitting
balls over what we called the 'Black Monster.' "
Non-hockey athlete: "Bryce Harper. He's a stud, an extremely
good baseball player, real talented and is a (really confident) guy."
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of New York Hockey Journal - August 2016
NEHJ August 2016
Our Starting Lineup
Around the Region
Bruins Beat: Ryan Donato
NHL New England
NHL New England Digital Directory
BONUS: Comm Ave Charity Classic gallery
NEHJ Skate Guide: Brand Loyalty
NEHJ Skate Guide: Sharpening 101
NEHJ Skate Guide: Buyer's Guide
Prep/High School Guide
NEHJ TV EPISODES
The Goalie Guru
The Hockey Mom
Summer Camp Directory
Hangin' Out With …
New York Hockey Journal - August 2016
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