Minor Hockey Moments: Luke Schenn


When the Toronto Maple Leafs top rookie Luke Schenn was a kid, he used to walk around his house with his skates on.


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Luke Schenn was drafted fifth overall in the 2008 entry draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. In order to select Schenn, the Leafs traded their seventh overall pick along with two conditional picks to the New York Islanders. Early reports suggested Schenn would be returned to the Kelowna Rockets for one more season, but after a strong training camp he made the opening game roster and stayed with the team for the entire season. In his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Schenn attended St. Joseph’s High School, the same school which produced fellow NHLers Colby Armstrong and Jarett Stoll. Schenn captured a World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal in 2007 and his younger brother, Brayden Schenn, is the reigning WHL Rookie of the Year and is touted to be selected in the top ten in the 2009 entry draft

“I used to walk around my house with my skates on,” said Toronto Maple Leafs rookie defenceman Luke Schenn. “We had a rink in our yard and by the time I was three years old I was out there with my dad.” Luke’s father, Jeff Schenn, coached both of his sons most of the way through minor hockey and was more than willing to talk shop with his boys. “We definitely had the car talks and I remember sitting around the kitchen table and I’d be doing my math homework and hockey would come up and he’d be telling me about this and that,” said Schenn. “But he wouldn’t force it on me, it was always me asking him questions because I trusted him and whatever he told me I’d apply and it seemed to work.” Once dubbed “the human eraser,” Schenn has always looked up to his father and believes that if he didn’t make it in hockey, he would have followed in his father’s footsteps. “My dad’s a firefighter,” revealed Schenn after a morning skate prior to a game against the Edmonton Oilers. “If I wasn’t a hockey player I’d probably be doing that. I always thought it was pretty cool.”

The first time the father-son tandem hit the ice in organized hockey it was for the Saskatoon Red Wings and Schenn remembers how excited he was in the days before a game. “When I was a kid I was so happy to go to the rink and get ice time,” said Schenn. “If I had a game I’d mark it on my calendar and look forward to it all week.” As a teenager, the Saskatchewan-native didn’t have time for a part-time job. “In midget we’d practice three times a week and we’d also have games,” said Schenn. “When I was in high school before I went to Kelowna I took seven classes per semester to get ahead for when I went to the WHL.”

These days the 6-foot-3 216 lb defenceman is just happy to be in the NHL and it’s doesn’t hurt that he got his number of choice on his blue and white jersey. “I wore the number 2 my whole life until I went to Kelowna,” recalls Schenn. “Shea Weber was wearing it, so I took number 5, but now I got my number back again.” With teammates like future NHLers Shea Weber (Predators), Blake Comeau (Islanders), and Alexander Edler (Canucks), Schenn was surrounded with talent, but he tried to craft his game around two specific players. “For me as a defenseman I always liked watching Rob Blake and Chris Pronger,” said Schenn. “They’re big, strong, physical guys and they play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

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