Brayden Schenn is a smooth skater from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who plays centre for the Philadelphia Flyers and isn’t afraid to defend himself on the ice. At 23, all eyes are on his on-the-verge career. Unlike most, he has his older brother, Luke Schenn, also playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, for support through the season. We sat down with Schenn and talked about family, big wins and his must-have travel essentials for when he’s on the road.
You’ve traveled the world playing hockey. What do you like about playing in Philadelphia?
Center City is awesome. Lots of good restaurants. There is always something to do. I like watching sports, whether it’s football, baseball or basketball. I’ve been to quite a few Eagles games. It’s cool going to Lincoln Financial Field for the atmosphere. People are passionate about sports in Philadelphia.
Many professional athletes report having pre-game superstitions or routines—do you have a pre-game ritual?
Nothing out of the ordinary. Just get that pre-game nap in and mentally prepare for the game.
What are some of your favorite on-ice moments to date?
With the Flyers? Playing the Stanley Cup Playoffs and scoring the first goal at the NHL Winter Classic. I had family and friends there and for them to be there for my first goal was pretty special. In my entire career, that would be winning the Under-18 World Hockey Championship in Kazan, Russia and getting to play for Canada at the World Junior, which happened to be in my hometown. Playing in front of a lot of my friends and family was pretty cool.
What is it like playing on the same team as your brother?
We both dreamed of playing in the NHL one day and we were both big hockey fans growing up. It’s awesome we got the chance to play with each other so soon in our career—especially with us being drafted into two different teams at first. It’s cool driving to the rink and being on the ice every day with each other.
If you weren’t a professional hockey player, what would you be doing?
I always thought I’d be a firefighter. It’s the same idea as hockey where you are part of a team. I always looked up to my dad for being a firefighter so I thought that was one thing I would do if I didn’t make it to the NHL.
What are your must-haves while traveling?
Food, my iPhone and Beats by Dre headphones. Food is my number one though.
Who is on your travel playlist?
I’m a big fan of Country music. Garth Brooks is my favorite artist. I saw his concert at the Calgary Stampede [music festival] a couple years ago and that was pretty cool to see.
Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
Maui, Hawaii. But the Bahamas was great.
What destination tops your bucket list?
Italy. I’ve always wanted to go. I’d make a trip out of it and visit Greece and Spain.