Jason Robertson's path to becoming a Dallas Stars draft pick began in Southern California, on the roads of Los Angeles. In an RV.
With a long drive to the rink and the Robertson brothers practicing at different times, that RV became a home away from home for part of the day.
"The rink in Los Angeles, with traffic, is probably an hour-and-a-half away," Robertson said. "My older and younger brothers played hockey and their practices would be at three and mine would be at six. We just couldn't have one go and then another guy comes. We go at three and wait until my practice."
Robertson would do typical kid stuff in the RV while waiting for his turn to hit the ice.
"I'd do my school work, watch TV and have dinner," he said. "You were back home at nine, so you had to do your school work at some time.
And it just became part of the routine when he was eight to ten years old.
"It was a lot of trips," Robertson added. "A lot of miles."
And there have been a lot of miles since for Robertson, who got hooked on hockey because his dad and grandfather were Los Angeles Kings fans and would take him to games. That put his hockey career into motion.