Chase Stillman was born in St. Louis. Six weeks later his family moved to Tampa Bay. Less than two years later, he would be in Carolina.
Such is the vagabond lifestyle of being the child of an NHL player.
Not that Stillman, whose father, Cory, played in over 1,000 NHL games and won two Stanley Cups, minded. For one, he didn't have much say in the decision making. But also, he had the unique experience of being in an NHL locker room as a child and watching his dad perform on the ice in front of thousands of fans. Though it took some time before he realized the uniqueness of his situation.
"For me, as a kid, I thought everybody's dad played in the NHL," Stillman told the Speak of the Devils podcast. "Looking back on it now, I think it reflected on me as a person. I'm super grateful that my dad was able to do that and wanted to have me around and bring me to the dressing room. It was a super great experience."
Stillman may soon find himself back in the dressing. After being selected by the Devils in the first round (29th overall) of this past summer's NHL Draft, Stillman inked a three-year, entry-level deal last week.
Stillman's own hockey path last year had taken him from Sudbury to Denmark to the World Juniors. The final destination, whenever that may be, is set to be in New Jersey.
"For New Jersey to pounce on me at 29 is everything I could ask for," he said. "I'm really looking forward to getting started here."
Here are some other highlights of the discussion:
- Killing time before the draft
- Draft day experience
- Childhood as an NHL son
- Playing and living in Denmark
- His "Safe is Death" motto
- Playing and living in Sudbury
- Shuffling five songs on his eclectic playlist
For more episodes of Speak of the Devils, visit our podcast page.