VANCOUVER -- Chris Higgins didn't just grow up skating on frozen ponds along the north shore of Long Island, N.Y.
He survived it.
As Higgins joined his Vancouver Canucks teammates in reminiscing about their childhood memories of outdoor hockey in anticipation of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS), there was one that jumped out for him. And although Higgins was laughing as he shared the story, his fall through thin ice when he was 8 years old was a little more serious at the time.
Higgins said he could see it in his father's eyes, and Robert Higgins, a New York City firefighter, doesn't scare easy.