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by Nicklas Jensen / Vancouver Canucks

We’re all feeling pretty good now after a win against the Calgary Flames prospects in our second game. I did feel more comfortable today than yesterday and I think you could see that for everyone. The first game was a little rough and then I got used to it a little bit more. I think we all got to know each other a little bit better after playing together, which helps a lot. The biggest difference was that we played three periods instead of two.

I know that this is just a prospects tournament but seeing my jersey yesterday in the dressing room for the first time was pretty cool. It’s been a lifetime of dreaming about being in the NHL and this is just one step closer to making that come true. It’s hard to say how it felt – it’s just amazing because it’s been my goal since I put skates on. I can’t even describe how I felt at that moment. It’s just such an awesome feeling and it makes me really want to do my best.

Some of the guys’ families came in to watch the games but it’s too far for my parents and they couldn’t get the vacation time from their jobs this time but they’ll be here sometime this year for sure. My dad says he’ll be staying up to watch the games since it’s a nine-hour difference. The time difference also makes it hard to talk to them directly but we’ve been sending messages back and forth and they’re just telling me how proud they are.

My younger brother is back in Denmark too and I know he’s looking up to me so I want to make him proud of me. He’s 15 and still playing Junior in Herning and finishing up school too. Now that I’ve moved over to Canada, I don’t see him as much but when I’m home in the summertime, we get to practice together. He used to play soccer too but he quit when he was 11 – he didn’t like it as much as I did but we both love hockey.

I wish my family could be here to watch me play but they’ll be here soon.

Another fan question today:

Question: Who is your hockey inspiration?
Without a doubt, it’s my dad. Growing up, I was always watching him and he was always there to help me. I remember watching every home game he played in and I followed him through his career in Denmark.

He’s the guy who taught me everything I know about hockey – he took me to all my practices and would always be there to help me. He’s taught me a lot and he’s still teaching me.

When I was five years old, he played for a pro team and when they had a little time off, I would quickly jump in and get my equipment on so that I could play on the ice. It would just be me and him and it was just a lot of fun.

The most important advice he’s always told me is to work hard. I know a lot of people say it but he’s the hardest working person I know and he’s always working at getting better and he tells me the same thing. Of course talent has something to do with it too but without hard work, you can’t go as far as you could with it.

He’s probably the biggest inspiration I have.

We just have a practice tomorrow but no game so we’ll recover and get ready for the game on Wednesday.

Got any questions? I would love to hear from you. Send me your thoughts.

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