Being a small kid, and growing up in a small town in Minnesota, you wouldn't guess Blake Lizotte had dreams of playing in the NHL.
But it was quite the opposite.
"I was never a big prospect," Lizotte said. "Not a lot of people made it from where I'm at. But it was definitely a big time dream for me and my family."
With the guidance of his dad, Lizotte and his brothers learned to skate on the outdoor rink near their house, sometimes battling until midnight.
"My whole family is a big sports family," Lizotte said. "My dad was a great coach and mentor to me. He taught me everything I know about the game."
His dad unfortunately passed away when he was only 14 years old, but the Lizotte family has found positivity through the tragedy.
"I think my brothers and I have a closer relationship simply because of that tragedy," Lizotte said. "Having the mindset of making the most of bad situations is what life's all about."
Mature beyond his years, Lizotte is making his family proud in his first NHL season.
"I see a lot of my husband in him," Lizotte's mom said about her son. "His humbleness and his work ethic is just amazing. We're proud of him."
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