Iowa Wild forward Sam Anas has been with the organization for two years.
A native of Potomac, Maryland, he comes from a hockey-playing family started skating when he was 2 years old. His father, Peter, played hockey in the 1970s for the Lucan-Ilderton Jets, a Canadian minor-league hockey team.
Anas played collegiate hockey at Quinnipiac University, reaching three straight NCAA tournaments. In his junior year he reached the NCAA championship game, where Quinnipiac fell to the University of North Dakota.
In his first year in the Wild organization, Anas finished fifth on the team in scoring and had the second most goals among rookies. He was a big part of the Wild’s power play last year, recording 13 points on the power play.
This year, Anas has recorded 15 assists and 12 goals for the Wild.
When he is getting pumped up before a game Anas likes to listen to EDM, however the best concert he has ever been to was a performance by country music star Kenny Chesney.
Anas’s favorite player growing up was Peter Bondra, who spent several years playing for the Washington Capitals. If Anas were tasked with building a hockey team, he would want to build the team around Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby.
When he’s not on the ice, Anas enjoys golfing and watching football. His favorite sports rivalry is the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Washington Redskins. As far as rivalries go, Anas pulls for Iowa State University in the annual Iowa-Iowa State rivalry game.
You can follow Anas on Twitter and Instagram at @samanas7.