Hometown team provided some elite role models for the young player.
Sean Behrens’ hometown Chicago Blackhawks and his dad Kyle each played key roles in introducing him to the game of hockey.
Once he started playing, he was hooked.
“I started playing when I was 4 years old,” explained Behrens. “My dad was the one who got me started on the ice and then, I started in a learn-to-skate program. My dad played in college and he wanted me to play, too.
“I loved the fast-paced action of hockey. I grew up watching the Blackhawks, too. I loved watching [Jonathan] Toews and [Patrick] Kane play. They really helped me grow my love for the game.”
Even though he loved watching a pair of elite forwards in Toews and Kane, manning the blue line ended up being the calling for Behrens.
“I started out playing forward until I was 9 years old,” the Barrington, Illinois, native explained. “My dad then made me a defenseman. We didn’t have enough D on our team — we only had three. I went back there, and I just loved it. It has really worked out.
“I really like being able to see the ice and read the play in front of me. I can still join the rush and get involved in the offensive zone.”