Last year, Priskie returned to the place where it all began for him: The Panthers’ Learn to Play program, this time as a teacher. He enjoys being able to give back to the community and the game he’s loved since those first experiences as a child.
“Some of the kids knew I was from the area, some of the kids didn’t,” Priskie said. “I just had an unbelievable time going back. Seeing how happy the kids were that I was on the ice, I can only hope to inspire them to chase a dream and love hockey as much as I do.”
Priskie’s advice to kids looking to chase that dream is be a good person first, and work hard.
“Those two [principles] are the primary things in life that set you up for success, especially in hockey,” he said. “But if hockey doesn’t end up working out, people will always remember the ones who treat them the right way. That’s a big influence people had on my life, and that’s something I want to inspire in the next group from Florida.”
The fire to keep playing still burns within Priskie. If anything, he’s more determined than ever to get back to the highest level and stay there.
“I got a taste of competing in the NHL against the best players in the world,” he said. “Now there’s more of a yearning for me to get back there, compete and get to play. There’s nothing I would change along the way … I think it makes the journey more worth it and makes the end result that much more satisfying.”
Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.