“There have been all of the tattered nets he went by of their driveway and all of the pucks misplaced within the woods,” Hathaway recalled. “He was a freakish athlete. We spent the summer time coaching, understanding, after which he’d wish to play basketball and he’d be dunking and attempting to beat his sister in a recreation. Then we go inside and play some board recreation and he would win at that, too.”
Hathaway, who made it to the N.H.L. regardless of not getting drafted, stated that from the second Kreider arrived at Andover, he exhibited a dedication to work — even with no coaches round — that he known as, “infectious.”
One night, after an Andover follow, Hathaway, Kreider and one other teammate had been headed to Kreider’s health club within the pouring rain for a further exercise, till they observed a flat tire. Hathaway assumed the health club session can be deserted. Kreider by no means entertained the thought. He insisted they repair the tire within the rain, after which they went to the health club.
“I contemplate myself fortunate to have been round him to get that aggressive push,” Hathaway stated. “It helped me get higher. If you happen to encompass your self with sensible, hard-working people who find themselves pleasant, that’s the very best you are able to do.”
Later, at Boston Faculty, Kreider was nonetheless among the best skaters on a nationwide championship workforce. But it surely was there, he stated, that coaches first started to usher him towards the goalmouth and tutor him on the artwork of screening the goalie, tipping and redirecting pucks, and anticipating the precise place to be. As soon as he joined the Rangers, he stated, that course of intensified and as his skilled profession unfolded he continued to morph from flash to grit, from Pavel Bure into Phil Esposito.
Drafted nineteenth general in 2009, Kreider has already assembled a powerful Rangers profession, even when he by no means scores once more. His 211 targets are twelfth on the Rangers’ profession record, the place he and Brian Leetch are the one People within the prime 20. With 625 video games performed, Kreider is twenty third on that workforce record and thru Friday he was ninth in plus/minus with plus-82 over 10 years.