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player before an eye injury dashed those plans. His mother
worked at the jai alai venue in south Florida.
Brodeur, was a huge Canadiens fan from Montreal. His grandfather
helped get him into hockey and even helped coach when he
and Huertas played for the Coyotes.
here treated her as a teammate. Unlike some teenage players at
the youth level, he never treated her unfairly or unkind. That was
not the case with some of the other boys in the league who were
not overly thrilled that a girl was playing on a boys team.
“I was the only girl on the team and some people might have
thought it was weird, but Shayne was really nice to me,” Huertas
and was named the most valuable player of the tournament. As
a freshman he was named to ECAC All-Rookie Team and Second
of cross town rival RPI head coach Seth Appert as the best player
in the country.
Huertas, who was then playing for Minnesota-Duluth, ran
into her former teammate again at the college level when their
“I saw him and he gave me a big hug,” Huertas said. “He was
warming up with his team. Even then it was good to see him.”
League, but was called up to Philadelphia the next season.
ended. That earned him a spot on the NHL’s All-Rookie Team and
and the players’ family, but to a former teammate a well.
root for Shayne with the Flyers. I don’t know if I’m a Philly fan or
a Shayne fan, but I watch all their games because of him.”
his fan base this past spring when he invited the hockey team
While some of those players and their families will not soon
school players who have learned about him becoming the state’s
they’re talking about him down here, Shayne has become a fan
favorite in this area” Huertas said.
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