Humble beginnings for Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi led to hard-working role in hockey
- Category: Inside the Locker Room
- Written by Steven DiOssi
Dan Girardi is playing in his 12th NHL season, but the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman still has the humble roots he established as a kid growing up in Welland, Ontario.
“I think Welland is a very hard-working, honest town and very family-oriented. Mainly everyone knows everyone, which is a good thing,” Girardi said of the Canadian city with a population of just more than 52,000 people. “I am very lucky to grow up in a city like that.”
Being humble and hard-working have been defining qualities for the NHL veteran throughout his life — from the way his parents raised him as a child, to working a summer job as a teenager and later, playing hockey at the highest level.
“I was an only child so they were able to pay a lot of attention to me and raise me the right way, to be respectful, you know, do all the right things that I do now,” Girardi said of his parents, Mark and Carol.