July 31, 2014

Hangin' Out With: Charlie Coyle (Weymouth, Mass./Minnesota Wild)

By Roman Uschak

What’s your favorite hockey memory?

“The one I like to remember is from my freshman year of high school (Weymouth High). We played for the public schools Super 8 championship at the Garden. We lost, but it was a big deal for us.”

What was it like suiting up for your first NHL game?

“It was something you work for your whole life — and to get to that moment, that first game, and put on that sweater, it’s a dream come true.”

How was it playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time this spring?

“The playoffs are just crazy. The atmosphere is intense, and everyone revs up and fights for a chance to win the Cup.”

Do you have any hobbies?

“I’ve tried playing the guitar. It’s not working out too well and it’s probably a lost cause, but I’m still trying.”

If you weren’t a hockey player, what else might you have been?

“I never thought about anything else. I think my mom has a paper I did in school where I had it all mapped out — I would go to BU, play in the NHL and win the Stanley Cup.”

Who was your hockey hero growing up?

“My cousin, Tony Amonte. I chose BU (and jersey No. 3) because of him. I see him in the summers a little bit, and he coached me in prep school a bit.”

Have you converted any family or friends back at home to Wild fans?

“A lot of my buddies are diehard Bruins fans, but I’ve got a lot of support back here.”

What’s your favorite food these days?

“I’m not too specific, but any sushi. I’ve got into it a lot in the past year.”

Key facts

Team: Minnesota Wild

Position: Forward

Hometown: Weymouth, Mass.

Birthdate: March 2, 1992

Favorites

TV Show: “Impractical Jokers”

Movie: “Warrior”

Musical act/band: Eric Church

NHL road city: Vancouver

Store: Lululemon

Sports jersey: Minnesota Wild white (road) jersey

Non-hockey team: New England Patriots

Either/Or

“Modern Family,” “The Walking Dead” or “Game of Thrones”: “The Walking Dead”

Letterman, Fallon or Conan: “I don’t really watch, but maybe Conan.”

Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons or Starbucks: Dunkin’ Donuts

Street clothes or suit and tie: Street clothes

Equipment

Skates: Bauer

Gloves: CCM

Stick: CCM

Helmet: CCM

This article originally appeared in the July edition of the New England Hockey Journal. Click here to read the digital edition for free.

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