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Leagues of Their Own: AJ Greer

As the New Year approaches and the feeling-out period of high school hockey is replaced by more meaningful, marquee match-ups, we touched base with our fourth Leagues of Their Own featured prospect this season, Kimball Union Academy co-captain AJ Greer. A former Penn State recruit, the 6’3, 205 lb forward is not only one of College Hockey’s top prospects, but also finds himself shaping up to be a serious NHL prospect (2015) with the seemingly sky-high ceiling that comes with his athleticism, frame and skillset around the puck.

Highlighted by The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy as one-third of prep school hockey’s Most Dangerous Line, the late-1996 birthyear forward posted 35 points (16 goals) in 30 games for a loaded Kimball Union group last season and leads the team in the early going this season. Prior to that, the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) 2013 draft selection skated in the Quebec Midget AAA circuit for Collège Esther-Blondin in 2011-12. We’re fortunate to have him join the series and will check in with him later in the season for another installment as his team works to make a meaningful run.

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Over The Boards: How’d you get into hockey?

AJ Greer: I started at 3 years old, I was always around the rink, somewhere, cause my dad was the GM for the Cornwall Colts, it’s in the CCHL. He sent a lot of guys the college route. He started in 1996, the year I was born and stopped in 2003, so all my young years we used to drive up from Joliette to Cornwall. They signed me up for hockey, I actually did figure skating as well.

OTB: No kidding? That must be paying off pretty well now, were you good at figure skating? 

AG: I was in a few competitions and got some medals, I could have continued in that but figure skating, for me, it wasn’t really my passion. It was just really to get the basics of skating. I started figure-skating at 3 and I started hockey at 3 so it always continued. Typical day I’d go to school, then figure skating from 3:30 until 5 and then from 5:30 until 7 practice.

OTB: At the same rink?

AG: At the same rink. I stopped figure skating at twelve, though, just because I couldn’t function with the blades…

OTB: Yeah. Plus, hockey gets a little more demanding.. 

AG: Yeah, intense. I stopped from 8 to 11 and then from 11 to 12 I started back at figure skating, for a year and it didn’t work.

OTB: Were you always living in the same spot through that age?

AG: No, I moved from Joliet to Repentigny when I was 8, so I did more of my younger, more “elite” hockey there, atom double B, peewee double A, and so from there I kept on going. That year I started in peewee double A, they took out the “lates”, so the 96s, with the december birthdate. So I only took one year of Peewees and then I moved up to Bantam AA, played that for two years and went to Midget AAA.

OTB: What teams did you play against in bantams?

AG: You kind of play like each region, now there’s bantam AAA as well. It’s pretty much just little regions together. Every weekend we’d travel, it’s not that far.

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OTB: So where’d you go after bantams?

AG: After Bantam AA I wasn’t supposed to go play Midget AAA, at first, because the Midget AAA works with a program where all the teams have to go to one school and then they practice, and they miss class, but all together so there’s no confusion. It was a French school I had to go to and I said no because I’d gone to English school all my life and I wanted to go to an English school. So I applied to St. Paul’s (NH-Prep) and everything was good and at the last minute they told me I wasn’t in.

OTB: Wow. What’d you do then?

AG: I panicked, really, a little bit. I didn’t know what I was gonna do until I decided to play Midget AAA and managed it so I went to an English school and I didn’t miss practices or class. Education’s pretty important for me.

OTB: Is that because of your dad and his experience in hockey or..?

AG: Yeah. My dad retired the day I was born, so he’s been following me my whole life and so sending guys to college was big and my mom always told me the only thing we want is for you to have a college education, we don’t care if you go to the NHL, we don’t care if you get drafted, we just want you to have a scholarship and get an education. I didn’t really get it at first. I wasn’t really familiar with this college thing, and yeah, I just came to Beantown last summer. Didn’t know anything and I signed with KUA one week before I came to prep school and I got some (D1) offers pretty soon after that.

OTB: So, where Penn State’s concerned, why did you decide to decommit?

AG: Penn State is the first college I ever saw, I didn’t really know what college hockey was at first, coming from Quebec. When I got there I was just amazed by all the facilities and that’s what really got me. I didn’t really know what my options were. Coming to the US was a big decision for me, and I think it was the right decision because I got to prove myself academically and on the ice. Where I was before, when I committed, and where I am now, I think I could have gone to a better ‘hockey’ school – closer to home, but also a better hockey tradition.

OTB: What do you feel about, right now, a lot of players are committing at a pretty young age and some of them might come into the same boat (as you). You’re a guy who committed fairly young, what do you think about the whole process of committing so early?

AG: I mean, it all depends on the person. If you think that you’re set, and there’s no looking back, commit as early as you want… for me, and for my family, I think it was more of a time decision. We were just really flattered and didn’t really think things out.

OTB: You think you made the decision too soon?

AG: Yeah. I really want time, and I started having doubts. I didn’t really talk about it, then I talked to my family and my advisor, and they talked to me about it but they wanted me to be closer to home. My parents didn’t go to college so I wanted to share the college experience with them, come to the games and have a shared experience.

OTB: Do you think you’re going to take a little while to decide, this time around? Or are you gonna go for it sooner rather than later?

AG: I’m not sure. It’s all a matter of time. Whatever happens happens, it’s gonna be a family decision and I’m gonna review it with my advisor. Right now I’m looking at Hockey East, closer to home. Whatever pops up, I’ve been contacted by a couple schools but I’m just gonna take my time. I can’t say a date right now, it’ll be soon, but not like, two weeks.

OTB: Was the Q(MJHL) ever an option you considered?

AG: No, I was always in the “college entourage”, my godfather went to UVM and played with Marty St. Louis and Tim Thomas. I never had a person in my family go to the Q, no one talked about it. The Q, with what I value and what my parents value, it was just not a good fit for me.

OTB: Some players, it makes sense, I don’t think there’s any reason why any particular route would “always” be a negative when there are so many different situations in every league.

AG: Yeah, it’s different for everyone, you know? If you’re not as strong at school and have a great shot at making the NHL, the Q would be your route. In the Q – I’m not trying to downgrade it or say it’s not good – but you can get traded and moved around. One of my buddies got traded three times in a year, and it’s your only option once you’re there. One thing about college hockey, even if I break my leg, break two legs and can’t walk or play hockey, I’m always going to have an education.

OTB: How was your season last year? 

AG: Great group of guys, you know, couldn’t have asked for a better group. They helped me through a lot, academically, they’d see if I had difficulty in anything and always help me out. We had two great captains, Doyle Somerby and Alex Carle and Mike Levine, doesn’t get better…  I couldn’t have asked for a better first year at prep school. I loved it. The hockey, when I heard there were only 30 games I was bummed, but with fall hockey it’s alright.

OTB: I like that the games matter more, too.

AG: Yeah, you’ve only got 30 games to show what you’ve got.

OTB: This year, you guys lost a lot, how is the adjustment going to be now that you’re going to be one of the guys who has to ease the newer guys into the schedule and bear a little more of the load, too?

AG: This year, JD and I are co-captains, he’s a great kid, hard worker, natural talent, you know? He’s probably the guy that works the hardest at school without making it look hard (laughs), he’s just a natural hockey player. For me and him to be the leaders, with all the new guys, we lost like 14 or something guys, I just want to do the same thing the guys did for me last year.

The skin is one of the most sensitive organs in the body

The skin is one of the most sensitive organs in the body and none of us like to have a bad skin. Though it is generally perceived that only women love to maintain their skin, the introduction of many cosmetic precuts for men show us how men are also concerned about their skin.

Gone are the days when skin care routines were restricted to woman, on the contrary, in today’s fast paced world, even many women do not have a skin care routine. They compromise on their routine and when they realize the consequences, it is too late.

Skin Care Routine

Having a skin care routine is very important if you want to flaunt a flawless young looking skin. However, with today’s high level of pollution and infections on the rise, a good skin care routine is necessary to ensure your skin is hale and healthy at all times.

Though one can resort to plastic surgery or other expensive treatments that can resolve most of the skin related problems, a little care on a regular basis can prevent you from stepping over to that side. These treatments are not only expensive but time consuming too. The time you believe to be saving by not spending on a skin care routine, is spent in bulk when you go for such treatments.

For those who cannot spend time or money on skin care, there are ready made facial packs, Black Mask and even scrubs that can be bought across the counter. Using these on a regular basis as advised can also prevent your skin from aging or looking dull and lifeless.

The Need

Here are a few reasons why a good skin care is essential to maintain the health of your skin:

  • Shedding – The skin sheds every single day. What looks healthy and fresh today may not be there tomorrow as a result of shedding. This is why you should take care of your skin, to ensure that the healthy skin will continue to stay.
  • Skin Types – Different skin types require different care. Just because a person you are close to does not have a skin care routine and suffers no skin issues, does not mean it will work out for you too. Each skin has its own set or reactions and resistance to substances and the weather
  • Beautiful Skin – If you wish to have beautiful skin all your life, you need to put in the time and effort. Beautiful skin does not come easy and a skin care routine is one of the most essential factors that retains the beauty of your skin
  • Prevention – When you have a skin care routine, the skin is well taken care of and this prevents skin blemishes and issues. Just like everything else, it is better to nip the problem in the bud and prevent it from becoming a bad situation
  • Saves Money – As pointed out earlier, a regular skin care routine saves you a lot of money and time. When the skin problems start, it consumes a lot of your money and time, hence it is better to start a skin care routine early.

 

Chocolate has many truths and myths

Chocolate has many truths and myths surrounding it. Sinceyoung, we had been restricted to the amount of chocolate consumed per day, or per week. It was feared that chocolate causes germs and flaws within teeth. Chocolates are known to weigh you more on the scale!

There are many more things that can be considered as truth or fake news. We shall explore them and probably tell you why actually chocolate is good for you!

Dark chocolate is healthy and nutritious:

Dark chocolate is normally with high cocoa content, and that is healthy for thebody. it has ahigh amount of minerals and some amount of fibre, and some traces of sugar. Taking this chocolate in moderation is actually beneficial for your body. The amount of caffeine in this is very small, unlike other chocolates.

It is apowerful source of antioxidants:

It has been found that the raw unprocessed cocoa bean has the highest amount of antioxidants in it. dark chocolate contains organic compounds which are biologically active and possess thefunctionality of antioxidants. They include the flavanols and catechins and polyphenols among other antioxidants.

From a test, it has been shown that dark chocolate contains more antioxidant properties than any other fruit category.

It is known to lower blood pressure:

The component in dark chocolate has the flavanols which are capable of producing and releasing the Nitric Oxide gas, which is essential to trigger the brain to relax the cells, this, therefore, reduces the pressure of the blood.  Flavonols are the component responsible for this activity.

It is naturally proven to raise HDL levels:

Dark chocolate is always beneficial to theheart. There are many aspects that be cured pertaining to theheart. One of the important factors affecting the hearthealth is the cholesterol levels.

There is good and bad cholesterol, which is important in keeping the heart in good condition. The bad cholesterol is responsible for heartaches and blocking. Dark chocolate has the capability to reduce cholesterol level and increase the level of good cholesterol.

Protection against Sun:

Dark chocolate is known to reducethe risk from sun damage. So load up on the chocolate when you are visiting the beach next time.

Well, what if all this goodness is combined to give you a mixed benefit? In a form of a protein shake? Well, getting excited? Yes, so are we! We are happy to announce that chocolate slim is a supplement that is loaded with the natural benefits of dark chocolate, along with many other nutrients possessed ingredients that boost up the metabolism rate of your body, helping you not just fight against internal conditions, but also against the deadly obesity.

This supplement is a health supplement that follows the standards of the industry and is tested. All you need to do is, mix it with milk and add this powder and just shake! Your healthy nutritious, delicious shake is ready, in a jiff. You can consume it with the confidence of getting a step closer to ahealthy lifestyle, and being an active person than you were before.

 

Here are some good reasons why you must opt for face masks

 

 

Are you having paucity of time?

Have you been meaning to visit a salon and a spa for a long time? Is work and other personal commitments keeping you away from the real relaxation that you are craving for?

Psychologists believe that a person is at the brink of a breakdown often and sometimes all that he is craving is some attention and pampering to avert some major outburst or even simple arguments.

If you have not been keeping dates with your beauty regime, then the facial mask is here to save your day!

What is a face mask?

A face mask can come in different variants. The first one is the cream based which comes in a tube or a small container. The cream is to be evenly spread out on the face and the neck and gradually it generates heat to be able to solidify on the face. A few masks also come in the powdered form which has to be pre mixed with either saturated water or rose water and applied.

These masks feel great if they are refrigerated for a few minutes before applying on the face and the neck. Because then they are soothing to the tired skin.

There are also pre cut face masks that have the requisite cream in them. they are moist when removed from their packaging and they have to be only placed on your face. They also have cutting for eyes, nose and the mouth. The only disadvantage of a precut face mask is that you need to lie down while it is on you and unlike the other pull off one you cannot be mobile and doing work. But if your idea of wearing a mask is for relaxation and rejuvenation then nothing better than it!

The face mask is universal:

The face mask is for everyone. Whether men or women, whatever your skin type and whatever your beauty regime is. The purpose that a face mask serves is that

  • It hydrates the skin sufficiently well so that there is no dryness in it. Dryness can bring about acne and finer lines on the face.
  • Removes excessive oil from the skin: the mask gently removes the excess oil from the skin and at the same time does not harm the dry skin.
  • It can improve the appearance of the skin: often skin pores open up and break out in to ugly black and white heads. Wearing a face mask can help clear the dirt and the grime from these pores and therefore help in maintaining flawless skin and also make the pores invisible to the naked eye.
  • Tightens the skin: wearing a face mask helps the skin to stay taut and not loosen up because of the wear and the tear. Also excess pollution that we live in can have an adverse effect on our skin health and make our skin older than our age.

 

It must be remembered to not try to speak while the face mask is drying up. The effect of speaking or pulling the skin while the mask is drying on the face can be disastrous because it can loosen the skin and leave it hanging.

 

If you have used and benefitted from face masks, we would like to recommend the usage of Black Mask for your beauty regime. You can log on to https://szepseg-egeszseg.com/black-mask/ to know more about this wonderful product!