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Mike Weaver

NHL - Florida Panthers



What advice do you have for an aspiring hockey player?

Enjoy the game of hockey and enjoy the journey.  Every kids dream is to make the NHL.  Work hard and follow your dream.


When did you know you were good enough to make the NHL?

I was told I was too short.  They said to play forward.  I kept moving up at each level.  I enjoyed playing college hockey at Michigan State.  I then moved up to the pro's and then the NHL.  I kept it simple.  I just enjoyed the journey.


What is your favorite part about being an NHL player?

Going against the best players - Crosby, Thornton, Ovechkin - guys like these.  You are in a tough situation, you rise to the occasion.  I just love the challenge.


Who were your heroes growing up?

Wayne Gretzky.  He was my favorite hockey player and whatever team he was on - was my favorite team.  I looked up to my dad.  He gave me great advice growing up.  A couple of coaches as well.  They were key factors in my career getting to where I am today. 


What was your favorite subject in school and why?

When I was in school, computers just started coming in.  At Michigan State, I took a test to figure out what I wanted to do.  Everything pointed to computers.  My favorite courses were in the computer industry.  You may not think that a typical hockey player designs websites, but I do.  I really enjoyed going to these classes. 


If you weren't a hockey player, what would you be?

I have a hockey school - so I guess teaching kids how to play defense.  My hockey school is www.defensefirst.com.  It is in East Lansing, Michigan and a camp now in Toronto.  If I never played hockey, I would be in the computer industry.  Perhaps in movie special effects.


Who is the toughest player you have defended against?

Crosby and Ovechkin.