Category: Up Close and Personal

Defining Identity

| October 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

You can’t define yourself by hockey because there’s going to be a wake-up call. Even if you play in the NHL. When your career is done, what are you and who are you? Sooner or later it’s going to be gone.

Continue Reading

Kassian Family Coat of Arms

| April 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

This summer, I’ll be heading out to Vancouver to attend a big Kassian reunion. I still remember the one I went to near Vegreville Alberta, about twenty years ago. My brothers and I raced around my great-great-grandfather’s old homestead on the Kassian farm, and created absolute havoc.

Continue Reading

Hockey in my Blood

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

I have hockey in my blood. My Uncle played for the Edmonton Oilers, and my Grandpa Ed played for Team Canada when they won the 1955 World Hockey Championships.

Continue Reading

Not Your Garden Variety Enforcer

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Did you know that Matt sang Edelweiss when he was cast in the lead role of Captain Von Trap in his high school musical? Russo from the Star Tribune has dug up all sorts of juicy tidbits about the Kassassin.

Continue Reading

A Rising Twitter Star

| November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Following athletes on Twitter can be boring. But say hello to Matt Kassian “@kassassination “who’s becoming a bit of a Twitter sensation among hockey fans.

Continue Reading

From Blades on the Ice to Blades in the Kitchen

| November 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

You know he can handle hockey blades, but did you know the Kassassin is also a whiz with kitchen blades? He’s even taken part in several iron chef type cooking competitions. Spinach and goat-cheese chicken anyone?

Continue Reading

The Kassassin turns 25

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Kassassin is 25 years old and the guys in the dressing room want to make sure they don’t miss the opportunity to get in his face.

Continue Reading

God and Hockey

| April 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Houston Aeros’ 6-foot-4 forward Matt Kassian is undeniably tough, with a reputation as the team’s enforcer and more fighting penalties than any other player. He’s a big guy with a bigger heart, a practicing Christian who brings his faith into the locker room and the community.

Continue Reading

Shop for official 2013 NHL team fan merchandise at