Originally posted on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 10/19/11

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 11: Matt Halischuk #16 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Anaheim Ducks during their NHL game at the Prudential Center on November 11, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Ducks 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Have you ever wondered what your favorite hockey played would do for a living if they weren’t playing professional hockey? For Nashville Predators forward Matt Halischuk, the answer might surprise you.

Self described as shy and reserved, the right wing also says his biggest non-hockey related aspiration is to become a rock star.

“That would be pretty sweet, I think. No?” Halischuk asked.

The 23-year old plays the guitar but when asked if he played any instruments he said “here or there a little. I just played whatever.”

Teammate and former junior linemante Nick Spaling paints a different picture. “He rocks the guitar,” Spaling said.

When asked if he is any good Halischuk answered “no, not really.”

Spaling says the Toronto, Ontario native is just being modest.  “He actually is really good. When we were in Junior he’d rock out a bit for us.”

In fact, Spaling claims that Halischuk could pretty much play any song requested.

Spaling says he can’t play any instruments himself, but not because of a lack of effort on his part. “Im trying to pick up the guitar, but [Halischuk] won’t teach me,” Spaling jokes.

Halischuk says he was never in a band growing up and that as a kid his priority was always hockey. He played both hockey and baseball until the age of 13 when he gave up the latter to focus on his game.

The right wing admitted that saying he would want to be a rock star if not in the NHL wasn’t a serious answer. “It’s just something for fun. More of a joke answer, I guess.”

Or was it?

Rod Pelley of the New Jersey Devils played with Halischuk when they were teammates in Lowell of the American Hockey League. Pelley, like Spaling, calls Halischuk modest when he hears that his former teammate says he isn’t very good on guitar.  When asked if Halischuk ever spoke up in the locker room, the center answered “every once in a while he’d take out his guitar and play a little music for the boys.”

Then there is the fact that musical talent runs in the family. Halischuk’s brother, Jeff, is a jazz drummer.

So would Halischuk really pursue his musical talents if he was not playing professional hockey? “I don’t know,” Halischuk said, “I’d have to rethink everything, I think. It’s hard to say.”

If Halischuk were to pursue his musical talents one this is for certain, while he doesn’t claim any particular band as his favorite, rock is his genre of choice.

“It changed I think as I got older,” Halischuk said about his musical tastes. “I don’t have a favorite band, just rock music.  I liked I Mother Earth and Big Wreck a lot growing up. Stuff like that.”

I Mother Earth is a Canadian rock band from 1991-2003. Big Wreck, another rock band active in the late 1990s and early 2000s is considered a Canadian band but members of the group met while at college in Boston. In 2010, the band reunited and are set to release their first new studio album since 2001 entitled En Harmonium.

Halischuk and the Predators next hit the ice on Thursday when Nashville meets the Vancouver Canucks for the first time this year. Vancouver took Nashville out of the playoffs in six games during the Western Conference semi-finals. In game two of that series, Halischuk scored in double overtime to end the game for the Predators and even the series at one.

Game time is 9 pm CT.





Photo credit: Getty Images








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