Blake Sloan was born on July 27, 1975 in Park Ridge, Illinois and is a retired National Hockey League forward. Blake was named the recipient of the Humanitarian Award in 1996-97, given annually to “college hockey’s finest citizen” during his time at the University of Michigan. After concluding his collegiate career where he was a member of the National Championship team in 1996, Blake began his NHL career signing with the Dallas Stars as an undrafted free agent in 1999 where he was a member of the Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars. Blake also played for the Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets before moving overseas and playing in both Swedish and German professional leagues.
What was the most memorable moment of your hockey career?
Playing in the 1999 Stanley Cup
What advice would you give to future professional hockey players?
Write your own story and own it
Play the “right” narrative in your mind
The hard parts make it fun
Celebrate the small wins each and every day
Make mistakes and learn from them
Know that the “hockey world” is small
Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never done before
Be a professional every day
Watch the successful players and try to replicate one thing
Elevate others around you
What are you doing now since retiring from professional hockey?
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