ST. PAUL, Minn. - Casey Mittelstadt has rejected the notion of nervousness already at multiple points of young NHL career, be it his debut as a 19-year-old last season or his first career shootout attempt last Saturday.
But his first time playing in the Minnesota State Boys Hockey Tournament at Xcel Energy Center as a sophomore at Eden Prairie High School - now that was enough shake him.
"I was nervous, man," Mittelstadt said. "I don't get nervous very much, but I was nervous that day. Warmups, I was probably skating 200 miles an hour. I was probably completely tired after warmups. But the adrenaline's pumping, the stands are full.
"When you're that young, you've never seen anything like it."