Jason Pominville

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With Kevin Kennedy

When I was young I really didn’t have many hobbies outside of hockey. In the winter we’d be on the outdoor rink and in the summer we’d be playing road hockey. I did play baseball and soccer, but they never really stuck with me.

I was a big Wayne Gretzky fan and I’d watch him whenever I could. I used to wear No. 99, but as I got older I realized what the number was about and switched. I didn’t choose the number I wear now (29). It was just given to me when I made the team and they asked me if I wanted to switch later on, but I just decided to keep it.

As a kid my eating habits were much different then they are now. I was just happy to get three meals and I didn’t really care what I ate or when. Now we eat set foods like pasta and chicken at set times. We usually eat right after the morning skate and then just a little snack a couple hours before the game.

I had a little boy a year ago, so most of my free time is spent with him. I don’t want to push him into hockey, but I’ll try and guide him there, for sure. I definitely would like to see him play, but that will be up to him. If he does decide to play, I’d love to coach him if I had the time.

My best minor hockey moment would have to be the Peewee Quebec Tournament, for sure. We first had to win a little tournament in our area to get into the big tournament and after we won we got to practice with the Montreal Canadiens at the old Montreal Forum. We also got to play at Le Colisée in Quebec City, which was awesome.


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