Green was one of four Nova Scotians to go in the first 12 picks of the QMJHL draft (QMJHL photo)Parents planning to register twins for minor hockey, in addition to perhaps taking out a loan, should listen to how Luke Green gravitated to being a defenceman.
As the Quebec League's No. 1 overall pick tells it, personality traits played a part in why he took to the blueline while his twin, fellow Saint John Sea Dogs yearling Matthew, played forward. As boys, Luke Green tended to hang back to help out in the defensive zone and found he could still cover enough ice to create an offensive threat. He's honed that style over the years, as evidenced by him becoming the first top pick in the Quebec League draft out of Nova Scotia since Nathan MacKinnon in 2011.
"Always playing with Matt, I always wanted to jump up the ice and play in the offensive zone with him — make plays," says Green, who stayed at home for his draft year while playing for the AAA midget team affiliated with Newbridge Academy, a private school that offers programs tailored to aspiring hockey players. "That's the start of how I started to play like that in minor hockey. I wanted to get involved in the offence with him. We've scored pretty nice goals over the years.
"In our novice years, we both played all positions," the 5-foot-11, 168-pound Green adds. "I remember always hanging back a bit because I wasn't always trusting of the defencemen on our team. I found if I went back, I could just pass the puck up to Matt. That's probably how it started."Read More »from Saint John Sea Dogs’ Luke Green rushing into rookie season: Making The Jump