PITTSBURGH — Jake Guentzel receives enthusiastic when speaking about how common the roots of his sport are spreading in non-common United States hockey marketplaces.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ahead points to Toronto Maple Leafs ahead Auston Matthews and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere as prime illustrations. Matthews was born in California and grew up in Phoenix Gostisbehere is a indigenous of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
“I assume it really is only likely to assistance the match expand when you have men coming into the League from various spots,” Guentzel mentioned. “Extra and a lot more states are making players, and that’s a huge affect.
“When you are a kid developing up and you see players from your state and spots producing it to the NHL, primarily when it really is not recognized as a hockey town, it inspires you that perhaps you can do it too and perhaps it’ll make you want to perform. These times there are superstars from everywhere you go. To have those people men and what they suggest to the states and communities that individuals reside in, it really is good for the match.
“I assume Hockey Day in America is a good way to distribute the message of the sport to all those people marketplaces.”
Guentzel and Gostisbehere are two of the outstanding U.S.-born players who will be on show as part of an NBC triple-header throughout Hockey Day in America on Sunday.
The New York Rangers check out Guentzel and the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena (12:30 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVAS) adopted by the St. Louis Blues taking on the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Strength Center (3 p.m. ET NBC, SN). Gostisbehere and the Flyers check out the Detroit Pink Wings at Tiny Caesars Arena (6 p.m. ET NBCSN, NHL.Tv).
“Hockey Day in America carries on to get larger and larger and I assume it just shows how much United states Hockey is developing,” Guentzel mentioned. “I assume it really is good to get it out there and for perhaps children, their mother and father to see it that hockey’s a pleasurable deal and children want to be a part of it.”
Guentzel was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Woodbury, Minnesota when he was 6 months previous. He invested the the vast majority of his youth in hockey-crazed Minnesota just before returning to Omaha to perform for the University of Nebraska-Omaha from 2013-16.
“Hockey in Minnesota is unbelievable,” Guentzel mentioned. “It can be large. Everyone needs to expand up to be a hockey player. You see it all the time men enjoying on out of doors ponds. So when you get there and you might be at the state high school hockey championships, it suggests so much. I assume that’s your aspiration developing up to perform in that. I was fortunate to perform 1 time in the state match. That was rather neat to perform in front of hundreds of individuals at a young age.”
Guentzel scored his crew-main 28th target in the Penguins’ 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Pittsburgh will search for redemption from the Rangers on Sunday.
“Every single match at this time of the year is so huge,” he mentioned. “Every single issue issues.”