Retired defenseman Steve Duchesne sometimes focuses on making sure his 17-year-old daughter doesn’t meet a hockey player.
It’s not that hockey players are bad guys. Quite the contrary, actually. But Duchesne, a 16-year NHL veteran with 1,113 games of regular season experience, knows first-hand how much the game can demand: the physical and mental challenges, the frequent moves and most importantly, the extended time away from family.
“As a player, I was very selfish as far as being a husband and a father. It was all about me,” Duchesne said recently. “But (retiring from hockey) made me realize that there’s more than that. I try to live life to the fullest, especially with my family. I’m blessed. I really am.”