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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Alain Nasreddine (32) shoves Atlanta Thrashers' Jason Korg (10) to the ice during a Dec. 27, 2006, game. Nasreddine is currently an assistant coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Alain Nasreddine (32) shoves Atlanta Thrashers' Jason Korg (10) to the ice during a Dec. 27, 2006, game. Nasreddine is currently an assistant coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
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By the time a player or coach reaches the AHL or NHL, they have already achieved a lot in their careers and made plenty of memories along the way. Each week, we’ll sit down with one of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and talk about some of the memorable “firsts” they’ve had during their careers, ranging from their first time on skates to their first goal as a pro.


Alain Nasreddine


Age: 38


Position: Assistant coach


Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec


Years as a pro: 15


First time on skates: “I was 4 years old. My parents took me and it was just all young kids with chairs on the ice. You used the chairs to help you stand up. After that, I didn’t use a chair as much. We also had a place on Lake Champlain and when it would freeze we’d go on weekends and skate there when I was young.”


First team: “I was 7 and it was a team with the kids I grew up with. We always played together. It was a novice team, like mites.”


First coach that influenced you: “My parents. Both of them. They were at every game. In juniors, I got traded from Drummondville to Chicoutimi and it was about five hours from Montreal. The one playoff run, they didn’t miss a game. They were always there. Another was my grandfather on my mom’s side, J.P Pare. He was always around, too. He was an important figure in my life.”


First goal that you remember: “I was never a real big goal scorer, but I remember scoring a bunch of goals in a pee wee tournament.”


First time you won anything in hockey: “A pee wee tournament. A pretty big one. It was my second year and that was my first memory of winning something important. We got a trophy and I was player of the tournament. That’s probably why I remember it.”


First time hockey took you away from home: “I was 16. I knew at age 15 I was going to leave home and go to my first training camp in junior hockey. It was in Drummondville — only an hour away — but I felt like I was going to a different country. I went in not expecting to make the team and I ended up making it, and that’s when it hit me. I had to go home and grab my things and move. I still had to finish my high school in a different city, which wasn’t easy, but my parents said I had to finish.”


First pro contract: “I didn’t have a big family, but we had almost like an official dinner. I got the contract faxed and signed it. Just like that, it was official. A pretty important day.”


First time you faced adversity in your hockey career: “The draft. I had a really good year as a 16 year old and I was a high prospect — projected to go in the first round. But I didn’t have a really good year my second year. I ended up going in the sixth (round). I learned a lot. You plan on going first round and go sixth … that’s adversity right there. I had to battle my way up the ranks. Sitting there at the draft waiting for your name to be called. That was long. I didn’t have a good year that second year at juniors and that’s why I went in the sixth round.”


— Tom Venesky


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