20 QUESTIONS WITH CHRIS WICKERSHAM
Tom Gullen (TG): Do you remember your first steps on the ice?
Chris: Yes, I was 4 years old, and it was at my friend’s rink that was in his backyard. I didn’t spend too much time on my feet.
TG: You grew up in St. Louis Park, MN. The Minnesota youth hockey system is built around community-based hockey: tell us what you have learned from that system and how the WHC can benefit from this?
Chris: I experienced what it was like to grow up playing with the same group of players/friends in a healthy, competitive, nourishing environment. I have watched youth hockey done right, and wrong, and my experience growing up in Minnesota was done right. I look to give our players and families a similar experience that they will look fondly on years after they leave the program.
TG: Describe the path you took as a young hockey player?
Chris: My fall and winters were all hockey. In the off-season I would focus on baseball but play lots of roller hockey with my friends. Once I became a Pee Wee I would play on a summer select team. I played 3 years of Squirts, 1 year of Pee Wee, and 2 years of Bantams before playing on my high school team.