While one of the potential No. 1 overall picks in the 2013 NHL Draft, Seth Jones, has ties to the Colorado Avalanche, the other top pick Nathan MacKinnon had childhood dreams of his own to one day suit up for the Colorado Avalanche. In what could be a very surreal moment for the top prospect, those dreams could come true today.
MacKinnon’s father, Graham, was speaking with the Denver Post when he said Nathan had dreamed of playing for the Halifax Mooseheads and then the Colorado Avalanche since being seven or eight years old. MacKinnon had his eyes set on the goal so much that he wrote the dream down on a personalized hockey card.
“He said ‘I want to play for the Halifax Mooseheads, then I want to get drafted by Colorado and play with Joe Sakic,’ ” MacKinnon’s father said.
Graham MacKinnon went on to say that Nathan has been working hard at this dream since around the time he could walk.
“It almost scared me. At age 2, he took right away to skating,” MacKinnon said. “I had trouble keeping up with him, no joke. We never pushed hockey on him at all. He just took to it right away, fell in love with it and hasn’t stopped. When he was 9 or 10, I’d sometimes say to him, ‘You know, not everyone makes it in hockey,’ and he’d just get mad. He’d say, ‘I’m playing hockey, I’m playing hockey. I don’t have a Plan B, I just have a Plan A.’ He’d say, ‘Plan B is just a distraction from Plan A,’ and he was so serious about it.”
It is always great to see players have a chance to accomplish their childhood dream.
This is the moment MacKinnon has been waiting for since he was a little kid and if he could put on the Colorado Avalanche sweater on draft day it could be everything he ever hoped would come true.