Created: November 11, 2019 10:49 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Ice Wolves hockey team has players from all over the world.
For some, grabbing a fishing pole and getting outdoors makes them feel right back at home.
Players like Keenan Johnson grew up fishing in Wisconsin.
His mother taught him how to fish when he was in kindergarten.
Soon after moving to Albuquerque, Johnson and his teammate Kirk Laursen started exploring.
"We've gone up to the Pecos River up in Santa Fe, we've gone to the Animus River up through Durango, Colorado and then we've been to the San Juan River," Johnson said. "There's tons and tons of huge fish, it was like nothing I've ever seen before."
Laursen said trips like these ease his mind.
"It's just relaxing. Something that can take your mind off of the constant going at it. It's a nice way nice change of pace," he said.
On this trip, Emil Gabrielson got his first taste of fishing in New Mexico.
"I'm from Sweden and my grandparents my grandpa is a big fisherman so he took me out on the lake when I was young. KJ and Kirk talked about fly fishing and I haven't fly fished before and it sounded exciting," Gabrielson said.
Johnson said Coach Fox has been encouraging players to have something to get their mind off hockey.
"Coach has been really encouraging about it to get out of the rink and do things outside of hockey so it's awesome to get out and have a fishing partner," he said.
"Anytime you can get somebody else out just doing something different than hockey is always a good opportunity for them just to make sure they're comfortable where they are and just bonding with your teammates is always great," Laursen said.
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