And So It Begins…
On Drew’s first birthday, he received a “mini stick” and from that date forward hockey was the love of his life.
He received his first skates when he turned 2 years old – as the one thing he really wanted for Christmas that year. He public skated with his Dad that winter. Although he could barely stand on his skates, he quickly discovered that the ice was cold and slippery.
He started his organized hockey with the Red Circle Raiders when he was 3 ½ years old. Below is a hockey card from that first season. As you can see, his favourite player was and remains Wayne Gretzky.
Drew’s next organization was North London, where Jim Carter (Father of Jeff Carter – Drew’s teammate in LA) coached him on the 7-year-old select team – although Drew was only 6 years old at the time. Drew was known as the kid that wore the “yellow visor”. His parents had gone to the sports store to buy him a visor that year and the yellow visors were on sale. When his Dad asked if there was a difference between the white and yellow visors,the store representative simply said: “the price”.
Drew then moved onto play for the London Juniors Knights AAA at the recommendation of his North London coach – Steve Faulkner.
Drew and his teammates that Atom year found great success and went on to win the Ontario Hockey Federation Championship – Brad Ostrom (guy with the mustache) was his favourite coach and actually was the one who moved Drew to defence.
Drew was fortunate to play for his Country throughout his career – from Minsk, Belarus at age 10 to U17, to World Juniors, to Men’s World, to two time Olympic Gold Medal winner.
Ontario Hockey League
The Guelph Storm drafted Drew in 2005 where he played for the next three years.
His billet parents Alex and Nancy Campbell were instrumental in providing a supportive home to help ease Drew through his transition from leaving home to adjusting to the high pace of junior hockey.
They are and remain a very important to Drew and his love for them is evident as theirs for him.
National Hockey League
In 2008, Drew was drafted 2nd overall by his beloved Los Angeles Kings.
He went on to win 2 Stanley Cups – one in 2012 and the other in 2014.
In 2016, he won the Norris trophy for the as the NHL’s best defencemen.