Mike Chiasson's path to the Carolina Hurricanes' dressing room carries him past some reminders of his late father.
Steve Chiasson's framed No. 3 jersey hangs near one entrance. Nearby is a plaque with photos of his dad and an engraved list of the winners of the award that bears his name.
For the first time since his father's death 14 years ago, Mike Chiasson has come back to Raleigh, and he wants to both carry on his father's legacy and create his own.
The younger Chiasson, a 22-year-old junior-to-be at Michigan, is taking part in the Hurricanes' developmental camp for rookies and college players. And just like his dad, he's a defenseman who plays the game with gusto.
''It's quite an experience,'' Mike said. ''The name does carry a lot of weight in the organization and in the town, but that's something I've dealt with my entire life, growing up in and out of NHL locker rooms because of his name and stuff like that. I'm just trying to prove who I am and just trying to be a sponge...