Tough on the Ice, Smooth in the Air: Nick Isaacson

Kenneth Andersen & Jess Van Staalduinen

This story was originally posted on December 18, 2017.

Contrary to the younger half of the roster, Nick Isaacson is built like a typical hockey player, standing 6’2 and weighing 181 lbs in his second year with the Petes.

Much like Milan Lucic, Isaacson uses his size to his advantage while playing, winning battles along the boards, and generating a physical presence in front of the net. Although Isaacson’s few tilts resemble that of Lucic’s, his style of play is starkly contrasted by his soft spoken temperament.

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The left winger is mean on the forecheck but maintains that he is a positive guy off the ice. In preparation for his game, Isaacson holds a strict routine laced with superstitions, including withholding the application of clear tape around his socks until after the on-ice warmup.

The average game day for Nick starts with a 9:30 am on-ice session, followed by breakfast, a nap, post-sleep snacks and relaxation until he returns to the rink. Isaacson admires Wells’ work ethic and how he prepares himself for game day stating, “Wellsy is the hardest working guy on the team, he prepares himself the most.” 

In his second full season with the Petes, Isaacson is looking forward to contributing to the game sheet at a higher frequency from his previous year, “I was a rookie, I was new to the league so I obviously didn’t play a whole lot. I was more of an energy kind of a guy, this year I’m trying to put up more points.”


Although hockey remains Isaacson’s primary focus, the nineteen year old is also currently taking flying lessons. The schedule for learning how to operate an airplane includes two, three hour ground sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays, discussing different categories impacting flight such as weather and wind.

It appears taking flight is programmed into the Isaacson gene code, with his father flying commercially for Air Canada and older brother currently in the process of becoming a pilot, “My dad has had a plane forever, since I was 10 I have been flying. I haven’t always known how to take off and land until now but he’s always let me fly it. He’s always taught me how to do it.”

In addition to his pilot brother, Nick has another brother in the military and sister who teaches french and science, all living in Mississauga. Beyond his own family, the Petes forward sustains a strong relationship with his billet family and expresses a lot of gratitude for their selflessness.

Atop flying planes, Nick also used to snowboard competitively. If hockey or flying don’t evolve into lifelong careers, Nick has pondered on the prospect of becoming a history or geography teacher, because of his favourable experience in high school.

Although Nick is sidelined with an injury, he’ll soon return determined to build off the work he put in during his inaugural season with the Petes.

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