Tanya’s 2nd Cousin Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon Hockey Star

Posted Oct. 7th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Ok, this is a bit off topic for me but in some ways, not really. This hockey video (I do shoot video you know and I did play hockey in Minnesota) is amazing! Here’s the back story. Nathan MacKinnon is my dear wife Tanya’s second cousin. Nate is a hockey star who grew up in Canada, was picked #1 two years ago in the NHL draft and in his first season beat Wayne Gretzky’s rookie year points (goals and assists) record.

We had heard about Nate for many years as he was coming up through the Canadian hockey programs but you never know if what you hear is really going to pan out. Well “pan out ” it has and I thought I would share with you a new video by CCM Tacks, THE hockey skate company. In this video, Colorado Avalanche super star Nathan MacKinnon and Canadian short track skating icon and three-time Olympic gold medalist Charles Hamelin, line up for a sprint on ice. The video is not only impressive for both of their physical abilities but their personalities come out as well which are both pure down home Canadian. I’ve often said, Canadians are the nicest people I know, and I should know, I married one. Have fun with this and congratulations Nate. We’re coming to Denver to watch you play in December.

P.S. Did I mention I have a pair of CCM Tacks? Couldn’t afford them when I played hockey. Bought them later as an old man 🙂






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  1. Lois MackinnonOn Mar. 25th, 2015

    Nate and Tanya are not related in any way! Nathan is related to Tanya’ s uncle by marriage ( her mother’s sisters….husband!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Mar. 26th, 2015

      Thanks Lois, I kid Tanya that all Canadians are family:)

  2. Sean AustinOn Oct. 7th, 2014

    How cool is that for you guys! He was a big part of Colorado’s turnaround this past season – he is an absolute speed demon and probably the most exciting player the Avs have had since Sakic, Forsberg, Foote and Roy were hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.

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