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UND commit Jake Livanavage started to skate while learning to walk

"My parents bought me a pair of rollerblades when I was about a year old," Livanavage said. "I was rollerskating and walking just about the same time, so I would rollerblade around the house the whole time."

Jake Livanavage 2022 NHL Draft Prospect
Chicago Steel

CHICAGO — How does a kid from the desert get started in hockey? Growing up in Gilbert, Arizona, Jake Livanavage had a few influences.

"My parents bought me a pair of rollerblades when I was about a year old," Livanavage said. "I was rollerskating and walking just about the same time, so I would Rollerblade around the house the whole time."

Livanavage, of Gilbert, Ariz., is the half brother of Arizona State star Johnny Walker.

His dad is from upstate New York which helped introduce him to the game, but it was his brother who had a huge influence on his hockey journey.

"My brother is my best friend," he said. "We've fought some battles in the knee hockey room. If I ever have a question I go to him."

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Age: 17
Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz.
Position: D
Height: 5-10
Weight: 161 pounds
Current team: Chicago Steel
College Commitment: University of North Dakota
NHL Rights: 2022 NHL Draft-eligible
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Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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