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By: Russ Hryvnak


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Imagine having a second chance at a first

Hockey is a fast paced game, one where

impression, another opportunity to show

injuries come with the territory. “Obviously

everyone you have what it takes. Wouldn’t

it’s frustrating, especially because it

that be great?

happened so early in the season,” Kuhnhackl

This is the case with 21-year old Wilkes-

said. “I got a chance to play and then the

Barre/Scranton forward Tom Kuhnhackl.

injury happened. That’s just a part of the

The coaches, team and fans are all getting

game, but you just need to stay positive and

a second first look at the young player.

try to better yourself everyday in order to

Kuhnhackl, who scored three goals last

work your way back into the lineup.”

weekend in two games, is ready to show

Coming back from an injury is no walk in the

that he is back and better than ever.

park. Kuhnhackl found that in a lot of ways

After just 11 games with the Penguins last

it was just as hard as training to play hockey.

season, Kuhnhackl suffered a shoulder

“I had physical therapy four times a week,”

injury in a game against the St. John’s Ice

he said. “I had strength and conditioning

Caps. Not only did this take him out of the

workouts and shoulder mobility rehab.

lineup, but it also ended his season just a

I literally did that stuff everyday for the entire

few weeks in.

time I was out."

A new season brings with it the chance for

he can really make an impact. “It was good

Kuhnhackl to show everyone what he is

to see him be able to score those goals,”

capable of. “I just want to play hockey to be

Hynes said. “That is the type of talented

honest,” he said. “Of course I want to show

player that he is and we were excited about

the fans and the organization that I can help

him coming into this year.”

the team a lot, especially this year, now that I’m healthy again.”

Kuhnhackl really stressed that his coaches and teammates helped him to get back to

This past weekend Kuhnhackl did just that.

where he is now. “We have the best coaches

He was able to register three goals in just two

in the league, they are always pushing us to

games. On Friday against the Adirondack

make ourselves better,” he said. “The

Phantoms, he was able to drive home a first

veterans in our lineup are role models. You

period goal in the Penguins 6-3 victory here at

look up to them and what they have

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Saturday

accomplished in their careers. While I was out

in Worcester, Kuhnhackl scored twice in the

they told me to stay positive, it was just one

third period to secure the win against the

season and I’m still young. They encouraged

Sharks. In dramatic fashion, he tallied the

me to work my way back.”

game-winner with only 39 seconds left in the game.

With the Pens off to their best start in three years the stage set for Kuhnhackl. Now all

Head Coach John Hynes says that he’s seen

he needs to do is step into the spotlight and

glimpses of what Kuhnhackl can do. “In all the

show everyone what they missed out on

chances we had to work with him whether it

last season.

was in the rookie camps, development camps or in his short time with us, you can see that there is a lot of talent there,” Hynes said. “He has good hockey smarts and he’s willing to work.” Coach Hynes added in the fact that now that Kuhnhackl is back in the lineup full-time,

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…and I brought Wilson with me.

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GETTING TO KNOW: Nick D’Agostino Position: Defenseman Number: 21 Height: 6-2 Weight: 197 Shoots: Left

Why did you choose the collegiate route instead of junior hockey? Both of my parents are in the education system. They are both principals at their respective elementary schools. I was a little bit of a late bloomer. I was always a good

Age: 23

student in school. Cornell came along and it

Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario

seemed like a good fit.

Hometown: Bolton, Ontario I know your dad is a principal now, but I P.26 | Breakaway 2013-14 Season

Last Amateur Team: Cornell University (2009-13)

hear athletic genes run in the family? My dad played five or six years of professional

Who has had the biggest influence on your hockey career, other than your parents? My coach at Cornell, Mike Schafer. I went into Cornell as a raw, young player. I spent four

soccer in the North American Soccer League. Back in its day, it was a pretty good league. He played with some of the best players in the world including Beckenbauer from England

years with him working on my defensive game.

and EusĂŠbio from Portugal. I definitely get the

I think it came a long way thanks to him.

athletic genes from his side of the family.

What would you be doing right now if you

Pittsburgh was a pretty memorable moment.

weren’t playing hockey?

In terms of actual hockey accomplishments,

I would probably still be in school actually. I’m really not sure what I want to do with my life yet after hockey. I’ve been considering going back to school, maybe law school. My

team-wise, was winning the league championship my freshmen year in the ECAC. What is your favorite snack? Popcorn.

degree is Labor Relations. Hopefully I can stay involved in the game of hockey for as long as I can. I’d like to get in with a league or with a players organization. What is your first car?

What is your favorite sports movie? Miracle on Ice. I’m Canadian, but that movie made me want to be American for a couple minutes there. One of my favorite movies of all-time is Rounders. It’s about poker, but I

I just bought it this summer. It’s a 2011 Audi A4. What was your first job? I worked at a hockey shooting school in the summers.

don’t know if you would consider that a sport. Favorite TV Show? I’m a huge Entourage fan. I’ve seen every episode of Entourage at least five or six times

What was your favorite hockey team

each. They have the movie coming out soon,

growing up?

it starts filming in January. I’m very excited

Detroit Red Wings Who was your favorite player growing up?

about that. What artist or song is on currently repeat your iPod?

Brendan Shanahan Lil’ Wayne is number one. I’m a huge hip How would you describe your game? A responsible, puck-moving defensemen.

hop fan. What is your favorite meal?

Plays solid defense and gets the puck up to his forwards.

I love my pizza. My most common meal though is chicken and pasta made by my

What has been your favorite hockey


memory so far? Getting drafted to Pittsburgh was pretty special. Signing my first contract with

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Feature Articles: Lining Up For The Restart & Getting to know Nick D'Agostino