This week I had the privilege of interviewing former NHL player, Brett Lindros.
Lindros, born and raised in London, Ontario played junior hockey for the Kingston Frontenacs before being drafted 9th overall by the New York Islanders in 1994. He is the younger brother of former NHL star, Eric Lindros. Brett played for the Islanders for two seasons before his career was tragically cut short due to concussions. He now has a very successful career in the investment industry.
Josh Wahler: What was your proudest moment as a player?
Brett Lindros: I’m actually going to combo this answer with your second question (What was it like getting to play against your brother in the NHL?) – my proudest moment as a player was when we played the Flyers for the first time – don’t get me wrong scoring a goal in the NHL is pretty amazing moment as is playing your first game – but for me when I was on the ice against my brother who was the best player in the league at the time – made me feel like I had reached a milestone as an athlete.
JW: Do you still keep in touch with any past teammates?
BL: Not that much with my NHL teammates – I only played 50-60 games and was done close to 20 years ago – I see more guys from my junior days – actually spent last weekend with a couple guys from the OHL’s Belleville Bulls.
JW: Is there any particular game you played in that stands out to you the most?
BL: I had the opportunity to play for the Canadian National team and we played in front of my home crowd in Kingston on New Years Eve against a Russian touring team – loved having the Canadian Maple Leaf on my jersey and had a great outing scoring a goal and laying some huge checks out which was always one of my favourite things to do on the ice.
JW: Who’s the toughest player you ever fought?
BL: Would probably have to be Joey Kocur – Joey had a reputation for literally breaking guys faces he punched so hard. He was closer to the tail end of his career when he was with the Rangers and I was probably 20 or 21 years old – was pretty scary to square off with him at Madison Square Gardens.
JW: As a highly touted prospect yourself coming out of junior hockey, what advice would you give the current generation of NHL prospects?
BL: Outside of the standard “make sure you have your education cause you never know when it’s gonna end” type of stuff but for me on a personal level I was in such a rush to get to the NHL – nothing wrong with an extra season in Jr or the Minors to work on your game and get your confidence and playing ability to a higher level before you get out there with the big boys – this will also let your body mature a little more before you are playing with grown men which will help with longevity which is the key to any good career regardless of profession.