If the parents were allowed to handpick role models they would want to select someone with a strong work ethic and a stronger sense of community. Panthers center Stephen Weiss
had that exact type of built-in role model in deeply respected NHL good-guy Adam Graves.
“Adam was a family friend,” Weiss says. “You get to know someone and when you are young, you kind of want to follow in their footsteps.”
Graves received numerous awards for his community work, including the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1994, awarded by the NHL to the player “who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made noteworthy humanitarian contributions to his community.”
Weiss took away some things from being around Graves.
“With Adam I looked at how he was out on the ice, the way he handled himself off of the ice and how he was with the kids,” says Weiss.
It comes as no surprise that Weiss is one of the guys on the Panthers willing to do whatever is asked of him in both the team’s community and marketing initiatives.
But Weiss didn’t need to hang up too many posters of hockey players. He had two great role models in his own house that helped him make it this far: his parents.