Big announcement: Today, the Ottawa Senators acquired Matt Kassian in a trade with the Minnesota Wild to bring some heft and sandpaper into their lineup. Kassian will be joining the team for his first practice on Thursday.
The moment Matt Kassian knew his future in hockey might be as an enforcer came on his first shift in the WHL. He was just 16, when the biggest player on the ice sidled up to him and asked him if he wanted to go.
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.
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.
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.