From Nelson Leafs to opening for American Rocker

The Croome family with Jon Bon Jovi (center). — Photo courtesy Twitter
The Croome family with Jon Bon Jovi (center). — Photo courtesy Twitter

It wasn’t that long ago that Patrick Croome was knocking opposing players off their rocker in front of the Nelson Leaf nets during his two years of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Junior B time as a defenceman in the Green and White.

With a 6-foot something frame, Croome made it look easy as his physical style of play kept opposing forwards looking for the Leaf defenceman anytime they entered the offensive zone.

Two years later, Croome has turned to his cultural roots, joining father Dail and younger brother Liam with the band Daring Greatly to open for Jon Bon Jovi as part of the band Daring Greatly, at the Nevada show of the 2017 This House is Not For Sale tour.

The band, selected from thousands of YouTube entries, opened in front of the 12,000-person crowd after wining and online contest.

In an interview with CBC’s The Homestretch, Dail said he had been playing music on weekends for years when things didn’t work out in Nashville during his 20s.

The boys, Patrick and Liam, were always on stage with their father since they were three and four.

In 2015 they decided to give it another go with Daring Greatly, this time with Liam, 20, and Patrick, 22 respectively and after Patrick had complete his Junior B eligibility with the Leafs.

The Calgary native, Patrick Croome played 80 games with the Leafs during two seasons, finishing with 33 points.

However, ever since Patrick can remember, father Dail treated the kids as equals.

"You don't really feel the pressures most kids would with a parent — 'Get good marks, do this,'" Patrick said in the CBC interview.

"He kind of just gave us some skills and then said, 'Give'er.' Left the door kinda open and said, 'You guys choose.' Music is what we all kinda gravitated towards."

Croome is just one of the many graduates of the Nelson Leafs who have honed their skills with the hockey club and gone on to achieve a great future.

Back on the ice, the Leafs are in Castlegar Thursday for Game five of the best-of-seven Murdoch Semi Final.

The series is tied 2-2 with Game six Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.

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