Kate: A few get-to-know-you questions first, where do you reside and how old are you?
Nick: I’m sixteen and I live in Courtland, Ontario, which is this Canadian town of about 70,000 people two hours north of Toronto. Mostly it’s just houses, schools, some rec centers and a shopping mall. It’s in a snowbelt so it really gets dumped on in winter. There’s a manmade lake you can live next to if you have enough money.
Kate: I understand you play hockey, when did you start?
Nick: I’m sort of taking a break from hockey right now because I need to get my head together. I’ve been skating pretty much since I could walk but I started playing hockey on a team when I was seven. Even before that my dad and I used to shoot a puck around. He used to put a homemade rink in our backyard every year.
Kate: What do you love about it?
Nick: Hockey is the best sport in the world. When you get on the ice to play it’s an adrenaline rush like nothing else because hockey’s FAST and you need so many different types of skills. Like Gretzky said, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Hockey’s not just physical; it’s strategic.
Kate: What are your thoughts on teenage girls at your school?
Nick: Some of them are shallow and hung up on how they look and what everyone thinks of them but some of them are okay and then there are a few who are really cool. I don’t want to think about girls much anymore though. I need a break from that too.
Kate: Who are your best friends? How long have you known each other?
Nick: I’ve had the same two best friends since I was eleven, Keelor and Nathan. We used to play hockey together all the time but then Nathan stopped.
Kate: How do you feel about having a gay best friend?
Nick: Nathan was one of my best friends for years before I knew he was gay and I know he’s the same guy he always was but I’m not going to lie and say it was easy right from the moment he told me. I know it shouldn’t have even mattered because I don’t want to be homophobic like Nathan’s dad or some other people I know but I still felt weird about it.
Kate: Has your relationship changed at all?
Nick: It hasn’t changed but I did. I realized I had some stupid ideas in my head that I didn’t even know were there. They were on a different level than Nathan’s dad but still there and that wasn’t good. So I had to fight that stuff in my own head.
Kate: A toughie, how is your relationship now with Sasha after your "situation" with her?
Nick: I try not to think about Sasha and what happened to us that much because it was such a hard situation. And it’s still hard. I see her all the time at school and we say hi and whatever and sometimes I’m okay with it, on a certain level, but all that stuff that happened is still there between us. I think maybe it’s always going to be like that to a degree but I hope it gets better. Sometimes I think it would be better if I didn’t have to see her at all and other times…I don’t know. I’m still too fucked up to get into talking about it. It’s still too fresh.
Kate: What are your plans for the future?
Nick: I want to start playing hockey again at some point. Not right now but in awhile. My mom’s renting a cottage for a couple of weeks this summer and Keelor’s going to come for one week and Nathan’s going to be there for the other. We want to do some tubing, jet skiing and stuff. I’m saving money for a car and my dad said he’d put some cash towards it so I should be able to buy one by my senior year. After senior year I’m going to go away for university – probably to Toronto or Montreal. I want to be in a big city for a change, surrounded by new people, you know? But I haven’t figured out what my big plan is yet, as in, what I want to do with my life.
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