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Monday, 04.15.2013 / 11:18 AM PT
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Ducks Off the Ice by Adam Brady
They're all highly paid professional athletes, but like anyone else, the Ducks once had jobs that were a far cry from playing hockey for a living. For a feature in Ducks Digest, we asked the Ducks to talk about their first jobs.

(Ducks Publications and New Media Associate Kyle Shohara contributed to this piece.)

Teemu Selanne
When I was 15, I started working with a construction company carrying bricks and helping all the guys there. I lasted just one summer. It was hard work, but it’s a great workout and I treated it that way. I didn’t need any workouts after that.

Sheldon Souray
I had to clean engine parts for semi-trucks. My hands were in Varsol (solvent) all day scrubbing oil, sludge and filth off of old engine parts. I was 15. I didn’t last that long. Maybe a couple weeks, until I burned the first couple layers of skin off my hands from being in those chemicals all day.

Francois Beauchemin
It was delivering the Le Journal de Montreal back home. I was 12 years old, and I had to go every morning delivering 120 newspapers. It was around 4:30 to 5 in the morning before I went to school. It was all year long. They only didn’t deliver newspapers on four days -- the 25th and 26th of December and January 1st and 2nd. I loved it. It gave me money to buy some stuff.

Bobby Ryan
When I was 14, I was a skate guard at a rink in Westminster during open-ice skates. I handed out rental skates to people, and I had to make sure when people fell they were okay. My mom worked at the rink too, so that’s how I got that job. I got free ice time, so that was cool.

Matt Beleskey
When I was in Grade 9 or 10 I was a mover. I moved furniture for two summers in Barrie (Ontario) for the Rockbrune Moving Company. It was crazy hours. You’re there at 7 until you’re done, but it was good money then. Those summer days it got a little hot, but it was good.

Peter Holland
The only thing I really did was work at hockey schools in Brampton (Southern Ontario) when I was 12 or 13. I worked with a guy named Joey Simon that I actually still work with. He ran March break camps and stuff like that, so I’d go out there and help him out. I’d help him push pucks around and help teach little kids what I knew at the time. It’s something I knew how to do, so it was fun.

David Steckel
When I was 16 I worked in a plant in Wisconsin in the shipping and handling department, so I drove forklifts.

Toni Lydman
One summer when I was 17 I was basically shoveling dirt. That was tough. I quit the job after two weeks because it was getting too hard with hockey practices. I got too tired and had no energy. My friend was telling me “You’re not getting any money then,” so I convinced him to work there too. He lasted two weeks.

Kyle Palmieri
I worked at a hockey pro shop shooting on goalies in New Jersey. I was probably 12 or 13. It was only for the summer, in the offseason. One of my coaches was a goalie coach and I basically went in and shot on goalies. I basically got paid to shoot pucks, so it was pretty fun.

Ben Lovejoy
When I was 15 or 16 I worked at a summer restaurant. I cooked French fries and fried fish in a Frialator machine. I would leave super greasy after an eight-hour shift. The restaurant was called The Baited Hook.  

Viktor Fasth
I was moving a library that was changing locations, all the books. I had to place all the books in the right order in boxes. I was probably 13 or 14. It was paid but not much. I didn’t enjoy it, but it was only a four-week job. It was during the summer between schools. It was good to get some money.

Emerson Etem
I was a newspaper delivery boy when I was around 11 years old. It was called the Beachcomber. I would strap on my roller skates and get around 500 papers. My dad would come home early from work and help me roll them. If he didn’t, then I’d have 500 papers to roll by myself. Then I’d go out. It would probably take me from 5- to 9 p.m. It was quite a shift. I probably did this for three or four months. It was every two weeks and it wasn’t too bad, but it was a battle. I enjoyed it because I was getting paid at that young of an age. The little that was coming in I was happy about.




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2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
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8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56


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R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
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C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
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