Jeremy Swayman’s hometown of Anchorage is some 4,500 miles from Boston, and overall, the Alaskan pipeline of hockey talent has yielded a mere trickle of players to the NHL over the league’s century-plus history.
But it appears now, with the start of the 2021-22 NHL season approaching, the Bruins may have tapped into a Seward-certified gusher with Swayman, their 22-year-old wunderkind stopper who is as comfortable fishing for loose pucks around his crease as he is for salmon back home in the Kenai River.
NHL 2021 Most Valuable Hockey Family!
The Owen family of Homer has won the NHL Most Valuable Hockey Family award, adding another accolade to their trophy case right next to the Homer High School hockey team’s 2021 state championship trophy.
The NHL Most Valuable Hockey Family award is given out annually and is an opportunity to recognize outstanding parents, guardians, and mentors in the youth hockey community.
Chris Owen is a hockey coach in Homer along with his wife Joanna. The two got married after years of coaching with each other. Chris’s daughter Haylee Owen is no stranger to the ice either, having played hockey in Homer for several years, including on this year’s state championship team.