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My path to the pros

Canadiens C Jeff Halpern recalls the days before he got paid to play

Originally Published: July 3, 2013
By Doug McIntyre | ESPN The Magazine

The beginning

Hockey was really my first organized sport. There was a rink 10 minutes from my house, and my dad would take my sister, who was 6 at the time, and me, and I was 3, for skating lessons on Sunday. That was my introduction. The Caps had just moved into the area, and I think seeing them and other teams come in and practice after public skating kind of got me interested. My dad was a hockey fan growing up, and he always encouraged us to play sports, and skating was just ...

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