Easy-going Blake Arcuri anchors Leafs blueline
Leaf program writer George Millar has been treating KIJHL fans with an inside look of players on the Green and White for years.
Now Millar has graciously accepted an offer to give that same insight to readers of The Nelson Daily.
Today Millar profiles Nelson Minor Hockey grad Blake Arcuri.
Blake Arcuri is in his third season patrolling the Leafs blue-line, a task he usually shares with defensive partner Damin Devlin.
“Dirt” names Mario DeBella as the most significant mentor in his hockey development, and his dad as the most important influence on his philosophy of life.
He rates his rookie year with the Leafs as his best hockey experience, and a game seven playoff loss as his worst hockey experience.
Away from the rink and work, he enjoys other sports action, including baseball and golf.
His favourite food is pasta. His choice of TV programs is the Big Bang Theory.
Never Back Down tops his list of favourite movies, and Will Farrell gets his vote for best actor.
He listens to Luke Brian and country music. Although he favours the Canucks as a team, he selects Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals as his favourite NHl player.
Blake’s goal for this year is to help the Leafs win a championship. He expects to be in post-secondary studies five years from now. In ten years, he sees himself as a family man.
His pre-game routine is to have a meal five hours before game-time. He puts equipment on the left side before the right. He says he is easy-going, but likes to win and hates to lose.
The easy-going D-man is back on the ice Wednesday as the Leafs play host to the Grand Forks Border Bruins.
The game is the third time less than a week the teams have met.
Nelson won both previous games, 5-3 in Grand Forks and 6-2 last Friday at the NDCC Arena.
Game time Wednesday is 7 p.m.