How former OHL standout Joey Hishon is finding new hockey joy in Owen Sound

2022-01-29 1:48:00 AM

After a life spent playing hockey, Hishon is no longer experiencing the game through that singular focus he had as a player driven by his own development.

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Since officially retiring as a player in 2018, his career cut short by injuries and lingering concussion symptoms, hockey has still been front-of-mind for Joey Hishon – just, in a different way. (EmmySadler) HockeyDay │ scotiabank

After a life spent playing hockey, Hishon is no longer experiencing the game through that singular focus he had as a player driven by his own development.

Joey Hishon has spent most of his life thinking about hockey.For years, that meant thinking about himself as a player, fixing his singular focus on a promising NHL career as he honed his skills in his hometown of Stratford, Ont. before developing into a top prospect with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack.

“My real passion my entire life has been hockey,” Hishon, 30, told Sportsnet earlier this week. “I've dedicated so much time to the game and done so much to try and get myself to be the best player I could possibly be. [It was] all I ever really thought about, to be honest.”

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For years, that meant thinking about himself as a player, fixing his singular focus on a promising NHL career as he honed his skills in his hometown of Stratford, Ont. before developing into a top prospect with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack. “I thought he was an average to better-than-average skater but did not have breakaway speed and was really, really smart. “My real passion my entire life has been hockey,” Hishon, 30, told Sportsnet earlier this week." The technique used by the team of scientists, based at Harvard University's Wyss Institute and Tufts University, involved applying a mix of five drugs to the test frogs' spike-like stump, sealed in with a small silicone dome. “I've dedicated so much time to the game and done so much to try and get myself to be the best player I could possibly be. You know, he was one of the first guys I got to watch bank pucks off the side of a goalie and into the net . [It was] all I ever really thought about, to be honest. Sixteen-year-old snowboarder Brooke D’Hondt of Calgary is the youngest Canadian athlete, while 47-year-old curler Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg is the oldest.

” That passion, and the staunch support of those around him, is what propelled him to the kind of success that saw the Colorado Avalanche call his name with the 17th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Draft. “My first time meeting him, I met him and his father in an interview where I had them come up to Owen Sound and after my first meeting with Nick I did say to my head scout, ‘That's the player we're going to draft,’” explained DeGray, who took Suzuki with the 14th-overall pick of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. They also grew several toes but not the webbing between them. It’s also what ultimately pulled him through the most difficult period of his hockey life, which began just a year later when a devastating concussion suffered during the 2011 Memorial Cup tournament put his health and career in jeopardy. Since officially retiring as a player in 2018, his career cloaked and ultimately cut short by injuries and lingering concussion symptoms, hockey has still been front-of-mind for Hishon – just, in a different way., native earned a spot on the OHL First All-Rookie Team and more than doubled his production as a sophomore. Now, thanks to a reunion with his OHL general manager, Dale DeGray of the Attack, he’s learning to look at the game through a different lens: as an assistant coach and assistant GM. He wasn't involved in the research. “I'm very fortunate and lucky to have that opportunity – whether I'm on the bench coaching or I'm doing skill development with the players or I'm out scouting or I'm helping Dale with different things on the management side of it, I get to experience a lot of different things,” said Hishon, who’s particularly intrigued by the scouting and management side – “It's so cool to be able to evaluate players and try and build an organization,” he added. “I would say that Nick is a very humble superstar. The COC also announced Friday that five members of its delegation are.

That he’s embarking on this next chapter of his career in his hockey home away from home in Owen Sound makes the journey that much more meaningful – not just for Hishon, but for DeGray, too. “Any organization that has the ability to bring back one of their players, let alone one of their top players to ever play for them, I think would be ecstatic to have that opportunity,” DeGray told Sportsnet. “In junior hockey, he was a humble superstar. "This study is significant because it shows that patterning, albeit not perfect, can be induced in a limb that typically regenerates only a spike," Monaghan said via email. Owen Sound will always connect the two – they both joined the Attack around the same time in 2007, DeGray as GM and Hishon as one of his leading forwards. “Dale's kind of like a family member to me. He was very respectful. I've known him since I was 15 years old and we've always had such a close relationship,” said Hishon. Yet, this work is exciting because it shows that endogenous regenerative processes can be enhanced by a short application of a drug cocktail," Monaghan said.

“Even when I left Owen Sound and started to play pro hockey, Dale was always in touch, always asking questions about how I was doing when I was injured and stuff. He was never a guy where he knew how good he was and he told everybody. So, for him to hire me and now to be able to work alongside with him … I just try and learn as much as I can from him.” After a life spent playing, Hishon is no longer experiencing the game through that singular focus he had as a player driven by his own development.” Nick Suzuki had 129 goals, 150 assists for 279 points in 222 games with Owen Sound. They already know how to build all of these organs. “It's so much different than when you're a player. Dale said to me, ‘As a player, you only ever have to worry about yourself. “Just an unbelievable talent, but more importantly such a good down-to-earth kid,” fellow Attack alumnus Joey Hishon told Sportsnet.

But as a staff member, you're worrying about everybody around you and everybody involved in the organization,’” said Hishon. "For me, the goal is to identify triggers, very simple kinds of stimuli, that will kick-start the cells and convince them to build whatever it is that you want them to build. There are still tough days for Hishon. I have so much respect for him and really appreciate the opportunity to work with him. “Concussion-wise, obviously that's a very tough thing to go through and I really feel for anyone in those positions. But they've got to stay positive and realize that there's light at the end of the tunnel … if you don't sabotage your own happiness and your own path and realize, you know, you can get through it. Suzuki and Hishon rank second and third, respectively, behind Bobby Ryan on Owen Sound’s all-time goals and points lists. "It has the girth and the kind of features of a normal limb, some bumps that are becoming toes. I think it's so important to have that mindset.

” That mindset, and the ability to pass his knowledge along to a new generation of players, has been a source of hockey joy for Hishon. “I wish I could sit here and tell you exactly what we got in return, but as far as doing that trade I have no qualms,” DeGray said. “I think I'm at my best – or any staff member, I think we're at our best – when we're thinking about the kids first and putting their needs ahead of our own and really trying to focus on how we can help them,” he said. REGENERATIVE MEDICINE VS. “I think you're also a lot happier as a person as well when you're not so hyper-focused on yourself. I've got a window of opportunity to get the most out of these players and if it means moving them on so that they can better their careers, even if it's just their junior careers and we're going to get assets back for that, I'm going to do what's best for everybody. “I feel like when you're looking at the people around you and trying to put their needs before your own, when that's able to happen … that joy just kind of comes naturally.” As for his ability to lace up the skates and fly? Well, DeGray can see that that still comes naturally, too. He recorded 49 points in 29 regular-season games before adding 16 goals and 42 points in 24 playoff games, capturing an OHL Cup with Guelph. The next stage of the research would test the technique on mammals such as mice.

“You only have to watch him play two-on-two or three-on-three with the kids or watch Joey in practice if he gets to run a line if we’re short staffed … it's just remarkable how little he's lost and how much the kids look at it and go ‘Holy crap, this guy can still play,’” said DeGray. “So, to have him around and be able to do that and basically be a sounding board for all these kids – and Joey’s not that far gone from the game itself – but it's an easy sell to anybody that knows hockey or knows junior hockey, and if they've looked into Owen Sound at all, to look up Joey Hishon’s name and go, ‘Wow, this kid was an unbelievable junior player,’ and had it not been for a concussion, where would he be now? This young man now gets to teach and pass on what he knows to all these young junior-aged players. Suzuki's success with Guelph helped him make Montreal's opening-day roster in 2019-20.” When submitting content, please abide by our , and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Ashley Seifert, an associate professor of biology at the University of Kentucky who studies animal regeneration but was not involved in the research, said that advancements being made with prosthetics offered more hope than limb regeneration for people with amputated limbs lost through trauma or illness like diabetes. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. “I can’t remember the other player, but people used to think ‘Nick's slight framed, he's not very solid’ and stuff but I remember one time he was carrying the puck down and a good-sized defenceman tried to start to play him straight up and come across to try to hit him. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.

× . “At that point, I thought to myself, ‘Anybody who's watching this game has to realize just how strong Nick Suzuki is. This and comparative studies will help us understand how and why regeneration fails in some contexts and succeeds in others.