SBOTD Presents: Kevin Shattenkirk, Defenseman for the St. Louis Blues
As the lockout still glooms over NHL players and fans, we here at Babes Dig Balls are keeping you in touch with hockey by giving you our babely NHL stars. Today’s SBOTD is none other than the young, star defenseman of the St. Louis Blues, Kevin Shattenkirk. This Boston native has quickly become a fan favorite in the city of St. Louis by making his leadership and skills known on the ice.
As captain of the Under-18 US Development team in 2007, Kevin led his team to his second silver medal. From 2006-2007 he played in one Junior World Championships and one World Championship, proving to be a key asset to both the teams. After proving himself with the US teams, our babe committed to Boston University making rookies teams, all American, all college, and played a huge role in their 2009 NCAA National Championship. His assist to teammate (and one of our featured #SBOTD) Colby Cohen’s game winning goal obviously helped the team to gain their title. As a junior, Kevin as was named co-captain of the Terriers. Soon after, their caption, Brian Strait, went pro leaving Kevin to take over as sole captain. Along side our babe Colby; Kevin signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on April 3, 2010.
Making his professional debut on April 7, 2010 with the Lake Erie Monsters, Kevin recorded an assist and a shootout goal resulting in a 5-4 W. On November 4, 2010 Shatty made his NHL professional debut with the Colorado Avalanche against the Vancouver Canucks. On February 19, 2011, Kevin and teammate Chris Stewart were traded to the St. Louis Blues. Making his debut with the Blues the same day, he proves once again that he is the real deal with an assist in their 9-3 victory. With a resume like that, we can only image the personality that goes along with it…
23 Questions with Kevin Shattenkirk:
1. At what age did you start playing hockey? When did you realize you wanted to pursue it professionally? Did anyone have some influence on your decision to go pro?
I started skating when I was 3 and playing when I was 6. I didn’t really think I could pursue it professionally until I was drafted. You always think of the NHL as a dream and not a reality, especially growing up. I never had an influence on my decision but have always had a great family to support me no matter what I decide.
2. Up until this point, what is your proudest achievement in both your career and life?
My proudest achievement in my hockey career is definitely winning a national championship in college. Making it to the NHL is a close second but the feeling I had with my teammates after that victory is unparalleled to date.
3. When you were playing youth hockey what coach reinforced your love of the game and how did they do that?
I think I was fortunate at a young age to always have coaches who made sure we had fun playing hockey before we took it too seriously. One coach though who definitely pushed me out of my comfort level and taught me a ton was John Riley.
4. How did you come up with your twitter name “shattdeuces”?
Actually Chris Stewart helped me come up with it. My nickname and hockey number wound up working together pretty well. The way its interpreted is a completely different thing I never even thought of when I decided on it.
5. Each athlete has some way to mentally prepare for a game…what is your method before the game and how do you stay mentally focused during a game?
I’m very easy going before games. I love joking around with the guys and staying loose. I will always listen to music for a bit to get myself amped up but other that that it isn’t too crazy. During a game I make sure to let mistakes go and use positive self talk to stay upbeat no matter what happens.
6. What if any obstacles have you overcome during your career?
There are highs and lows in every player’s career no matter what the sport. I have been fortunate enough not to have anything extremely drastic happen to me throughout my career.
7. Do you have a crazy pregame ritual or meal?
I always eat the same pasta/chicken dish before a game. At the rink, I do everything in the same order game in and game out. Believe me I’m not as crazy as a lot of other guys.
8. Who was your role model growing up?
I always had two older brothers to look up to and strive to be like. From a hockey standpoint though I idolized Brian Leetch on the New York Rangers.
9. Where is your favorite place to play on the road? Why?
There are a few. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the league. Anaheim because one of my older brothers lives there. I haven’t been to New York and Boston to play yet but I imagine they will be both be two very fun homecomings.
10. If we were to look at your top 3 songs played on your ipod, what would they be?
Im not sure what my top 3 songs would be, probably something involving rap or house music. But I kind of pride myself in having a broad array of music on my ipod and I definitely have my Dad to thank for that.
11. How would best you describe yourself in three words?
Entertaining, trustworthy, happy
12. Would your teammates/friends agree with the last questions? If not how would they describe you in three words?
13. If you were not a hockey player what would you be doing?
Probably something in finance or teaching, but who knows. I still need to graduate!
14. I know you went to Boston University. Do you have any plans to go back to college and finish your degree?
Im actually only three courses away from graduating and still go back to school every summer so I can finish up.
15. On that note, where do you see yourself after you hockey career?
I’d love to be able to play long enough to not worry about this yet but hopefully with a family and any stress-free job that has summers off so I can travel from time to time.
16. Are you single, dating, or locked down? What is your perfect ideal woman?
I am currently single with no immediate plans to change that but you never know who might come along! My ideal woman is not easy to come by as I still haven’t found her but some day it will happen. I’ll keep the detail to myself for now.
17. Many girls are just dying to know where they would get taken on a first date…what is your idea of an impressionable first date?
I think it all depends on the girl. It is definitely easy to do a nice dinner but being spontaneous and creative also goes a long way.
18. How have you been killing time in St. Louis during the lockout?
Well there are a bunch of us here skating and training, which is nice. Otherwise, playing a lot of golf, trying out new local spots to eat (Carl’s Drive-In, are you kidding me?), and exploring the rest of the St. Louis Area as much as possible. (Any time you need a companion for Carl’s I’ll be in the neighborhood! Just call me)
19. What is one thing that can turn your mood around instantly?
House/rap music, a dance floor, and fun people. That sounds very “Jersey Shore” I know but that’s my scene (no fist pumping though).
20. Do you have/want any pets?
My family has a golden retriever, Bodie, back in New York. I would love to get a dog in St. Louis but it is too hard since we are away too much. If I could I would get an English Mastiff. Any ladies who are willing to dog sit please let me know so I can make this a reality. (I may take you up on that job offer)
21. Most athletes love their cars…what kind of car do you drive now and what is your dream car?
Right now I drive a 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS. So far it is still my dream car and I love driving it every day.
22. Do you have a favorite quote/motto that you take to heart?
Carpe Diem (Seize the Day). There is no truer saying in life as far as I’m concerned. One of my other go to mottos is “Sorry for bringin it”, kinda speaks for itself.
23. Who would you feature as our next SBOTD?
Definitely Colin Wilson from the Nashville Predators. He’s single, a good looking guy, and underneath that odd and awkward first impression is an intellectual human being.
Yes ladies, you can find Kevin all around the St. Louis area during the lockout. To see what he is doing to pass the time make sure you follow him on twitter @shattdeuces.
Kevin keep in mind I’ll eat with you at Carl’s whenever you please!
(Photo Credit: Kevin Shattenkirk)
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