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Adam Erne | Average To Savage EP115

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This is the one hundred and fifteenth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring NHL player Adam Erne of the Detroit Red Wings. Paul Guarino talked with Adam Erne discussing his move from Connecticut to LA to play hockey, being drafted by Tampa Bay Lightning, and now playing for the Detroit Red Wings.

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This podcast interview with Adam Erne was originally recorded on January 6, 2021 

This'll is the average to savagepodcast with Paul Guerrino. Everyone in anyone, athletes, celebsand much more. What's up, everybody? I'm back for another episode of theaverage savage podcast. Our special guest today is Adam. Ernie. Adam, How'sit going? Good argument. Good. Appreciate you coming on your my firstNHL guests. So I'm super excited for that. Yeah, absolutely. Ready for it sSo let's go back in time. Like do you remember like, your first memory ofplaying hockey? I wouldn't I can't remember my firstmemory playing hockey. But I started so young. I started to three years old. Iwas on the ice. My dad played for Fairfield Prep. Use a goal he playedwith Chris and Ted Jury. So, um, I really grew up in hockey, and that'sthat's actually only sport I've ever played. I never played any other sportsgrowing up. I played hockey all year round, probably more in the summer thatI did in the winter. So I've always loved it, and, um, I fell in love withit, you know, right from the beginning. Yeah, that's dope. I mean, I guessthat's why you're in NHL player now. probably. Yeah. Um, yeah. And then takeme through, like, your high school days. And then I saw, like, I know you grewup in Connecticut, but you moved out to California. Yeah. So I didn't really goto high school around Connecticut When I was 13, I left and went to play for ateam out in L. A l A select. Um, that was really my first experience with,like, high quality coaching. Um, you know, before that around here, um, youknow, I was, uh, you know, high talent players. So, um, you know, the coacheswere more or less just saying, you know, stay on the ice, blah, blah, blah. Butwhen I went out, there was a high end team. So, you know, I had to learn howto play defense system, stuff like that. So that was my first exposure, um, toreally learning more about the game of hockey. And, um, you know, we didprivate lessons every day, So that's where my game really grew then. Fromthere, I played in the U. S. H l eyes...

...an underage er in Indiana. Uh, I spenta year there, and then I went at 16. I went to Quebec for four years andplayed for the ramparts there. Um, from 16 to 19, um, I was drafted while I wasplaying there to Tampa in the second round. Um, and then from there, Iplayed a year here and half in Syracuse in the minors, played in Tampa for afew years. And now I'm in Detroit. Yeah. Now let's go back. How did, like, didyou did your family just moved to California, or did you get recruited? Iactually went out there by myself. I went and lived with a kid on our team.Um, he's actually still playing in the NHL. His name's Eric Comrie. Hisbrother played for a while for Edmonton. A bunch of teams in the league. Theytook me in. It was a Knauss, um, experience. We lived out in NewportBeach. It was, you know, it was a good life for for two years my parents cameand visited once in a while, but yeah, I got recruited. Um, I think it was ina summer tournament. You know, someone approached my dad, um, one of thecoaches, and originally he was kind of like No, I don't think so. But, youknow, once we got to learn more about the organization, the players, and youknow what had to offer, you know, ended up being a really good decision. Yeah,Yeah. I mean, it's just crazy thing, because just Northeast hockey isusually up there, and then you go, you go to L. A. So it's like e. No, it wasIt's not what you think, but, you know, if you look at some of the guys NHL,there's a lot of guys coming out of those, uh, those California areas now,uh, you know, a lot of them grow up playing roller hockey, and they theyget really skilled and they transferred over to the ice. And, you know,sometimes it just translates Well, you know, it's a different game, but, um,you know, they get the really good hands and and the field for the game.So we had a really, really talented team. We had guys, we had a few guysfrom from around the country, but a lot of guys from California, and you know,they were proud of that. What about how what was your recruitingprocess like to be O l A No, no for...

...college, for college. I actually didn'tgo to college. I committed to be you when I was when I was 13 or 14. Icommitted to be you. Um and I never really thought about going anywhereelse. I just wasn't exposed to the junior hockey in Canada, but when I wasin the U. S h l 15 Patrick wa actually called my agent or my dad I can'tremember. And he was, like, Just come up. You don't want to talk to you guysabout it. If you don't like it, don't worry about it. If you want to come,we'll make it work. And I ended up going there and, um, yeah, I was 15 andI went thio I went to a game over like my Christmas break. It was like 15,000people, all these kids that had already been drafted and I just kind of like,fell in love with it. Um, you know, I was always good in school. I neverloved school. So, you know, going up there are new school is gonna be alittle bit easier going way did. Online way went to a school. But the teachershelped us through an online program. So who didn't spend nearly as much time atschool? We usually went to school from, like, one in the afternoon to four orfive in the afternoon. Like it wasn't It wasn't too bad. And then we didn'thave to go on game days. So, you know, the online curriculum is more at yourown pace. So there's built around hockey, and everything we did wasaround hockey. We practice all morning would be at the rink all morning. Um,everyone lives with a billet family. So you live with a family from Quebec,Which was awesome for me. I got lucky. I had an amazing family. I'm stillfriends with them there at my wedding party. Um, you know, I think that couldmake or break your experience to a za player if you have a bad bill of familyand I don't really enjoy your time, But mine was amazing. Awesome. Family couldnever thank them enough. They made my time. Amazing. Um and so I had a greattime up there. I mean, I really developed my game again. It was liketaking it to the next level of of, you know, going from playing against kidsyour own age that I went to Indiana,...

...which was probably what I wouldconsider maybe a step below, um, the Chl where I ended up playing in Canadajust because, you know, once you get drafted, um, you know, a lot of guys goto the NHL, they can come back and go playing juniors. You can't do that inthe U. S. H l. So you might have a bit of higher end players in the Chl. Soonce I got exposed to that, it was pretty crazy. Um, you know, playingagainst guys like bacteria. And, you know, there's just such a good group ofolder guys that I got to play at 16. Those who was a good experience. Yeah,definitely. What about, like, what age were you that you, like? Knew you werelike, elite and like, could go to the NHL? I think my dad knew it a long before Idid. I mean, I always just had some What's wrong with it? Um e mean, probably my underage. I mean,in L. A. I think we were such a good team that it was, You know, it's kindof obvious that a lot of us we're gonna, you know, go far in hockey. I mean, wedidn't know how far, but they a lot of guys from that team ended up playing,At least you know, d one, I think almost everybody did. But, um, you know,probably going to the U. S. H l is an underage. Its's not very common. Soonce I was able to do that, you know, you would hope that you could take itthe next level after that. Yeah. So I got drafted in 2000 and 13. I went tothe draft, was in Jersey. I was 33rd to Tampa. So I went back and playedanother year in, um, Quebec when I was 19. And then you can play in the minorswhen you're 20. So when I was 20 I played in Syracuse for a full season.Um, 21. I played a half a season there and they got called up to Tampa. I didthe same thing is 21 then 22 23. I played full seasons in Tampa on thenlast and then I got traded to Detroit last season. So I played there thewhole see whole year. And then this will be crazy enough. My 50 year e meanlike hockey. The hockey journey, like...

...compared to like, different, like othersports is crazy just because, like like you, pretty much I feel like you almostbeen a pro like longer than you have because of all the experiences like youjust talked about. Yeah, no, for sure. Junior hockey's like again like it'slike pro hockey. I think that's the difference. That's one of the reasons Iwanted to go is because you play 68 games in a season where is in college?You play maybe 30 games. Um, you practice every morning. I think theschedule Looking back, the schedule in junior hockey is just so much more likeprofessional hockey compared to college. I mean, to be honest, if I had a kid,if I'd probably send to college, Um, I think there's just now there's morebenefits to go into college. You don't have to get the detail about that. Asfar as you know, you could hold out whatever whatnot, but I thinktechnically it might make a little more sense now to go to college. But I thinkexperience wise, I would never I wouldn't change it. I think I grew as aperson. You learn to be on your own. Um, especially for me. And Quebec is adifferent language. I okay. I had such a good experience. They're learningabout that culture. I met my wife there my first season, actually. So, um, youknow, I think it's going to be hard to beat those four years. Any time in mycareer. In the future. I had so much fun. Um, I still go back there. I'm notjust to see my wife's family, but my billets and and coaches and and whatnot.And that place you always have a place in my heart, for sure. Definitely. Um,yeah. And then going back to the draft, um, like you got drafted in the secondround 30 33 overall. Um, like, did you where you projected in the first round,where you, like you was that high or low for you or you? Like I waspredicted somewhere, right at the end of the first round beginning of thesecond, I was kind of right where I was...

...projected to be. Obviously I was, youknow, hoping to be in the first round. But a Z everyone is. But, you know,that was kind of right in the mix of where I was projected to be on. Andthen what about just tell me about, like, your first NHL game? What wasthat experience like that was That was, uh it was awesome. I think the bestpart about it was that I got I got to share it with my family, and my buddieswere able to make it to the game. Um, my dad, my mom, my sister, my brotherall made it to the game. My best buddy Lewis, made it to the game. Um, soeveryone kind of helped me along the way, and I know that, you know, it'samazing as it was for me. Um, I know everybody kind of felt a sense ofaccomplishment watching me playing my first game, knowing that they played abig part in helping me get there. You gotta e No, you remember your firstgoal. You gotta take me through it. Who did you score against? I scored againstMurray. on Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Um, we actually end up losing the game like,61 But luckily, I scored early in the game, so it was still exciting, but itwas amazing. Um, actually, I think domestic. I'll pass it to me, whoactually just traded for here in Detroit. So, you know, it was amazingfeeling, um, nothing like my first game, actually. And my first game, I wasnever forget that. But my first goal is always something I remember for sure.Yeah, definitely. And then, um yes. You mentioned you got traded to Detroitlast year. Um, what's what's the experience been like just playing forthe Red Wings. Just historical team. Yeah, absolutely. I mean, the fans here,it's it's hockey town. I mean, it's, uh they love their hockey. Unfortunately,we worked as good as we would hope to bend last year, but I knew that cominginto it that they were gonna rebuild rebuild phase. It was a littledifferent for me coming from Tampa when we were in a first place team or to alast place team. But, um, you know, that's what I signed up for. New was arebuild team looking for a little more opportunity and, you know, the guyswere great here. The coach is a great...

It's definitely a first classorganization. Yeah, for sure. And then what's what's training camp in like andlike, What are your expectations for this season? Yeah, training camp,surprisingly, has been a little bit lighter than past years, I think,because our coaches and staff are a little nervous about guys going downwith injuries so early on camp being shorter than it has been in the pastand then us playing so many games until a few days once the season starts. Sowe've been We've been really going over systems. We scrimmaged yesterday. Um,just trying to put ourselves in the best position to play Caroline on the14th. Be ready for the start of the season. I think we made some greatmoves in the off season. I think we're definitely gonna be a lot morecompetitive this year. I'm thinking we're going to surprise some teams forsure. I think we all have a little chip on our shoulder from last year. It wasnot fun. Um, you know, I think we all know you know work ethic wasn't ourproblem last year. It was just We're rebuilding. We were. It's just kind ofthe way it went last year and were trying to leave it behind us and thenpush for a good year. This year, we have a really good division. It's gonnabe really challenging for us. But, um, I think we're all up for it. Yeah,definitely. What advice would you give to, like a younger hockey player tryingto make Pro League have fun? E think it becomes a job before you know it. Andjust like anything else, nobody likes going to work every single day. Youknow, I don't want to go to the rink every single day. I don't want to go tothe gym in the summer every day, so I think the longer you could have funwith it and enjoy it, the better you're going to get. You know, I think, uh,you know, everybody Everybody wants to. You know, I feel like if if I don'tfeel like I have to go to the rank, I wanna go more. You know, when somebodytold they have to do something they don't want to do it, But I think themore you can have fun with it and just enjoy going to the rank, the betteryou're gonna get. Yeah, for sure. Yeah. I want to congratulate because I knowyou had another kid. Is your second one, right? This is my second one. Yeah. Sohow is how is, like, fatherhood changed?...

I think it's helped me because I don'tdo a great job of leaving hockey at the rink. I'd like to bring my my mentalproblems home and just I'm not great at, uh, talking about everything. It justkind of weighs heavy on me. And, um, when I come home now, I come home tothem and just forget about everything that happens at the rank and just enjoythem and and really able to separate the two a lot better. Now they take mymind off hockey and whatever is going on. So I mean, it's it's amazing, um,two kids in the same year, not twins. Kind of unheard of is Well, so, um, youknow, super happy, um, love them to death, and, um, probably gonna put ahalt on things for a while. Yeah, for sure. Um, are you gonna have them playhockey? I'm gonna let them do whatever they wanna dio. I'm sure they probablywill watching me play. I'll fully support that. But whatever they want todio is fine with me for sure. All right. You ready for some fun questions?Average average, savage questions? Absolutely. What's your what's yourfavorite song right now? Oh, I I'm a big old school country guy.I I think my favorite artist is George Strait. So I really like the old schoolstuff. I like everything, though, To be honest, probably some of the new LukeCombs stops is what I've been into recently. Um, but favorite current songis What's your country song by ThomasRhett. Ah, I don't know it, but I got to check itout. What do you What do you like to do in your free time? I'm a big golf. Ilove to golf. I love to watch football and play golf. Who's your Who's yourfootball team? Who's ever on my fantasy team, man. Abig fantasy guy I got. I really got...

...into. It was a fantasy, so I love Ilove the players. I never really got attached to a single team like my butmy buddies. A diehard chief's fan. He always has been. So if I was to pick ateam, I guess I'd say the Chiefs, I gotta ask you then, any Super Bowlpredictions? I mean, it's hard to think anybody'sgonna take down the Chiefs like it's hard. It's hard to see. Yeah, I mean, Ithink this year has been like crazy, like there's so many. Teams were, like11 10 wins like it's like It's great, you know? It's It's good. It's good forthe game. Yeah, yeah, for sure. I wanna be surprised, though, if somehow TomBrady pulled it off. I'm not even a Tom Brady fan. I'm just used to go for areason. Will give you that for sure? Yeah, definitely. Um, yeah. What aboutwhat's like? Do you have any, like, pre game rituals? I wouldn't say rituals as much as like,I like to do the same thing every game day, Like I always have the same mealat lunch. I was nap at the same time, get to the rink around the same time. Ijust like to do everything in the same order more than exactly what I like todo. I just I've always kind of done things the same way, and I just try tokeep it like that. What about how did how did you pick your jersey number? Uh, that probably when I was, like, 11.My grandfather passed away. He was 73 years old, so it was worth 73. I wantto know. All right, well, I appreciate youcoming on. And could you let the good luck this season? And could you let thelisteners know where they could follow you on social media? Yeah. Just my nameAdam. Ernie on Instagram. And I think Twitter is Adam Ernie, 73 okay.

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