It was October of 2005, my first year playing pro hockey and I found myself in Lowell Massachusetts playing for the Lowell Lockmonsters of the American Hockey League. I had been drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2004 and this was their affiliate. I was 19 years old, living on my own for the first time and my first order of business, like any other kid moving out, was to find some quality roommates to start off this next adventure. I had gone through rookie camp and main camp with other rookies in Carolina over the course of September so there were a few guys I had in mind that would be great roommates. One was Kevin Estrada who I didn’t know at all coming in to training camp but we had the connection of growing up not far from each other and we had the same mentality and approach to the game.