The Hockey News - - Buzz - With Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers de­fense­man Dar­nell Nurse – WITH Ryan Kennedy

Which NHL player did you model your game af­ter?

Jarome Iginla was a big rea­son why I first started play­ing. Mats Sundin – be­ing from Hamil­ton, I saw him a lot when he was in Toronto. Chris Pronger was al­ways a guy I watched and tried to model my game af­ter.

What was your first big pur­chase af­ter sign­ing an NHL con­tract?

When I was 18 I bought my first F-150.

If you could, what would you tell your 13-year-old self?

Keep work­ing. I’ve al­ways prided my­self on work­ing hard. Keep work­ing and en­joy ev­ery mo­ment of it.

Why do you wear No. 25?

I’ve worn it since I was seven years old and just never changed it.

What’s the most im­por­tant skill for a young player to learn?

Po­si­tion­ing. Es­pe­cially when you get to the pro level, you have to be at the right spot at the right time. It’s hard to prac­tise that other than when you’re in a game sit­u­a­tion, but it’s def­i­nitely a huge part of be­ing suc­cess­ful at a high level.

What’s the best thing about be­ing an NHL player?

The fans. Get­ting to go out there and play in front of them.”

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