Growing up wild was a long-term goal for Nate, but he didn’t have any plans to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Patrick, and sister, Lauren.
“Growing up in the backyard with my brother was really fun, it was the most fun I’ve ever had growing up,” Nate said.
“The first year that I went back to school, I did the first year with Patrick, he went home.
That was like a dream come true.”
But Nate had a tough road back.
“I was really close with my older brother,” Nate continued.
“I think I was the biggest boy in the house, I had my dad’s keys.
I was a very independent little kid, and I remember him calling me ‘Mr. Wild’ all the time.”
Nate was never the same after growing up, but now he wants to help others grow up to be better parents.
“At the end of the day, it’s about getting the best out of everyone,” Nate told NHL.com.
“Everyone has their own special things, their own personality.
I feel like I could’ve done more with my time.
I wish I had a little more experience.
I could have been a little better with that time.”
Growing up wild has made Nate even more determined to help other kids.
“Being in a different environment has made me a little bit more aware of the things that are out there,” Nate explained.
“My parents taught me to be respectful, and to be patient and have fun.
I’m trying to learn to let go of that, and take care of myself.”
Nathan is the only player in his family who grew up to play in the NHL.
He also grew up in a house with his father, Nate, and older brother Patrick, so his older brothers and sisters were more experienced players than Nate.
“When I first started growing up in that house, my dad was the best,” Nate laughed.
“My older brothers were always the best players, my sister was always the most confident and the most capable player, so I got to play with all those guys and learn from them.”
That’s kind of what my parents taught us.
We were a lot better off, but at the same time, we were a little less prepared.
“Nath’s parents, Dave and Jill, also taught Nate that being an NHL player is not the end all, be all.”
There’s no reason to get your hopes up and just focus on hockey.””
You have to put that aside for a little while and focus on other things, like being with your family, being in school, your school work.
There’s no reason to get your hopes up and just focus on hockey.”
Nancy, the hockey mom, and Nate’s mom, Megan, also made Nate feel at home.
“We have a lot of friends from home, and we all play together,” Nate noted.
“Megan, I think, is really, really nice to see out there.
She makes me feel like, ‘Hey, you’re cool.'”
Nate’s parents have always taught him to be careful and respectful, but Nate said the hockey world has changed a lot since he was growing up.
“A lot of the time, people would just be rude and just disrespect, and not be respectful to others,” Nate admitted.
“The game has changed so much since then.
I think it’s more mature now.”
Nash has had a few chances to play hockey since his parents died, but nothing quite compares to the experience with his brother, Nate.
As the younger brother, it feels like the world is still out to get Nate.
Nate says he knows that feeling well.
“If I don’t do something good, I don.
I’ll just be on my own,” Nate stressed.
“But, if I do, I’ll try to be as good as I can be, and if I can do that, I know I’m doing the right thing.”