My Top 5 | Frans Nielsen

What other sports did Frans Nielsen play as a kid? Where did he work after school? What’s the one thing he misses most about Herning, Denmark? Find out in this edition of NHLPA.com’s My Top 5.

What other sports did Frans Nielsen play as a kid? Where did he work after school? What’s the one thing he misses most about where he grew up?

Before he heads off to Los Angeles for All-Star Weekend, the Detroit Red Wings forward took some time to talk about his fondest memories (other than ice hockey) of his hometown, Herning, Denmark.

My Top 5: Frans Nielsen

1. Food for thought

“There isn’t a specific food that I miss when it comes to back home. I just miss sitting down for dinner with my family and seeing everyone enjoying time together.”

2. Game on

“I grew up in a neighbourhood where there are lots of townhouses, so that meant that were a lot of kids. We’d be out all day, playing every kind of sport. We played a lot of rollerblade hockey and soccer. I also golfed, too.”

3. Getting his kicks

“Soccer was pretty big back home. I tried out for a team and I lasted one practice. I didn’t play with a club team, but I enjoyed playing soccer.”

4. Work ethic

“I had a job at a car dealership for two years. I was about 14 or 15 when I started. I would go after school and clean the floors. Depending on what I had to do, it would take one hour or a couple of hours with the machine. I did that every day, Monday to Friday, after school was done for the day.”

5. Slice of life

“I remember there was a really good pizzeria close to home growing up. When we finished playing whatever sport we were doing, we’d go there and have a few slices. It’s a great place.”