For Kent Huskins, this summer could not have gone much better. Most are aware of his newly inked two-year contract that is paying him more than ever before. That alone would make most people’s summer, let alone their lives. However, for Huskins, there was other news that may have topped the contract.
Within days of coming to terms on playing hockey in San Jose, Huskins got engaged to his now fiancée Brianne.
As for doing the engagement right, let’s just say he scored a Game 7 Stanley Cup winner.
Last year, Huskins gave Brianne a trip to New York and France for her birthday, which was secretly his way of setting up their summer engagement.
“It was planned by me for a long time,” said Huskins. “I gave it to her the previous October for her birthday.”
Then all he had to do was start laying the groundwork for the moment.
“I had a lot of time to work with,” said Huskins, who managed to keep things fairly covert except for the people who he let in on the secret before the trip.
“I talked to her dad and told a couple of buddies before I left,” said Huskins.
After a dinner at the Eiffel Tower, and the proposal under the monument, the couple used technology to talk with friends and family in North America.
“We got back to the hotel and used Skype to call everyone,” said Huskins. “There was a lot of yelling and congratulations so security came to the door (it was 2 a.m.). They opened the business center so we could make the rest of our calls.”
Now the couple will make their home in Northern California after years in Anaheim.
“She came up with me and we both really enjoyed it,” said Huskins. “We both love it. I’d never been traded before and everyone in San Jose was great. It’s a great organization and was our first choice. There are a lot of good people there.”
During the postseason Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan noted that Huskins was here to play, not simply be a depth guy. Knowing that, the signing is not that surprising.
The only downside was the foot injury which kept Huskins from playing in even one contest after his deadline acquisition.
“It was tough coming to a new team and being injured,” said Huskins. “That was frustrating.”
Huskins and his fiancée had one more bit of good news to celebrate this summer. The old saying that good things come in threes was true as the same week of the contract and engagement, Brianne’s brother was given a hockey scholarship to Boston University.
As for his own hockey future, Huskins is ready to step on the HP Pavilion ice as a Shark for the first time.
“Obviously we are disappointed in last year, but we are heading into this year with such a great team,” said Huskins. “It’s going to be a hungry group. You’re not the best team over 80 games by accident. We have a lot of the right components. We’ll have as good a chance as anyone next season.”
The next step is finding a home in San Jose and then start skating in advance of the season.
“I think we’ll come up in mid-August and do what we can to look at places online,” said Huskins.
Then it will be a simple matter of playing his first game for a team he’s belonged to since February.