EDMONTON - He’s not exactly D. Wayne Lukas, but even the legendary horse trainer got his start somewhere.
Growing up, Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two passions: hockey and thoroughbred racing.
While he’s well on his way in being prolific with one, Nugent-Hopkins just recently endeavored back into the other, purchasing a filly with the intention of racing her in the near future.
“Actually my mom’s dad was huge into it and he used to sell horses and stuff and used to breed them a little bit in Vancouver, at a track called Hastings,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “My mom met my dad and they were both big horseracing fans. So my brother and I kind of grew up at the track.
“Every weekend we’d go and we’d spend a lot of time there, and my grandpa would be there all the time. It was kind of a family thing and it’s something that I’ve done throughout my whole life.”