New England Hockey Journal - August 2016 - 14
smart and determined, connecticut's
Jack badini is all business during hockey
season. but after the grind of a UsHl
campaign far from home, he's savoring
the rewards of family time this summer
By Jonathan Sigal
Brandon Anderson (Page 14 photos)
riday and Saturday nights this
past USHL season meant one
thing for the Badini family: The
smart TV in their living room
was streaming Jack's Lincoln
Stars games via FastHockey.
The 1,300-mile gap between Old Greenwich, Conn., and Nebraska's capital city was
bridged temporarily, offering the chance
to watch their brother and son pursue his
dream. FaceTime calls and five-hour plane
rides out every six weeks or so provided another link, but, between August and April,
and with just a weeklong vacation around
Christmas, Jack was away from home.
He also lived with a billet family, took
two classes at the University of Nebraska,
spent down time playing golf, shopped for
his own groceries and drove himself to and
from practice. The 18-year-old forward was,
in many ways, on his own.
However, come the season's end, the hockey
24/7 lifestyle took a reprieve, and home came
calling for the former Connecticut Oilers, Long
Island Gulls and North Jersey Avalanche skater. "I really love the offseason because I feel like
it gives me time to get better and stronger and
just be around all I grew up with back home,"
Jack, who admitted he doesn't get homesick
much, said. "It's relaxing and gives you time to
recharge from the grind of the hockey season
and better yourself as a person."
Largely, it's time to become a normal kid
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again. In Jack's case, that means caddying
some at a nearby country club, playing golf
more and getting used to his mom, Amy's,
rules again. Hanging out also becomes
more time with his younger sister, Carly, and
older brother, Luke, instead of teammates.
Bound for Harvard University ahead
of the 2017-18 school year, Jack still skates
about twice a week, but life just becomes
"a lot more laid back than the season." He
and close friend Devon Schell work out at
Prentiss Hockey Performance in Stamford,
Conn., four times a week. Their Snapchats
and texts turn into inside jokes and shooting the breeze, and Schell said they're constantly pushing each other to get better.
Most of all, there's just a change of scenery for Jack and he gets a taste of being a
normal kid again.
"Especially for Jack playing junior hockey, there was always something going on, so
not a ton of relaxing," Schell said. "I can only
imagine it's really nice for him to come back
and just get some relief from it all."
Jack's homecoming channels plenty of
family memories, too. There's visits to the
nearby Little Pub, the hosting of an annual
Fourth of July barbecue before fireworks and
Cornhole tournaments. "If I team up with him
we're unbeatable, so usually he and I have to
be on other teams," Amy said with a laugh. "I
beat him this year, but he's just so smart and
learns what angle to throw it at."
Amy also enjoys cooking again for Jack,
as he often eats six times a day and is keenly
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NEHJ August 2016
Our Starting Lineup
Around the Region
Bruins Beat: Ryan Donato
NHL New England
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Prep/High School Guide
NEHJ TV EPISODES
The Goalie Guru
The Hockey Mom
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