Andrew Oglevie, who signed with the Sabres as a college free agent in April, shares how he started in hockey and his journey to Buffalo while attending his first development camp presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.
I was four years old the first time I stepped into a pair of skates, and I still remember it to this day. My mom had a birthday party for me at Disney Ice, a skating complex near my hometown of Fullerton, California. It was a typical kids party, an hour-long whip-around with a cake waiting upstairs.
The reason I remember the day so vividly is because I got stuck with a pair of figure skates that day, and I hated it. I loved skating right away, but the figure skates were so flimsy. I was watching other kids blow by me, doing hockey stops and that sort of thing. Now that is what I wanted to be doing.