Playing pond hockey is a rite of passage for many hockey players.
Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen are two exceptions, because of one geographic reason. Both were born and raised in Plano, Texas, just northeast of Dallas.
For the pair of future New Jersey Devils forwards, the street was home when it came to playing puck.
"I played in front of my house every day," Coleman remembered. "The whole neighborhood came out and we had to move the nets every time a car came down. We had a blast and were out there for hours at a time."
Reminisced Noesen: "There were some kids down the street from me who were really into road hockey. They were 8 and 9 years old — I was only 4 — and they always asked me if I wanted to play. At first I sat on the street and watched them. My mom (Jamie) hesitated whenever I asked her. Finally, I picked up a stick, put on Rollerblades and started played with them."