Jonathan Eberle (previous WCH) - his start, size, and even his hockey "idol" and role models will all seem quite familiar as you read on.
Nathan began skating at the age of three on a frozen pond in his back yard and started his "career" a few years later (around the age of six or seven) playing with his first organized team, HoneyBaked (in Michigan).
After playing HoneyBaked for about six years, he had a short stint in junior hockey playing for the Omaha River City Lancers (West Division of the USHL) in 2002-2003 until he moved on to play for the US National (Under 18) team in Ann Arbor with whom he continued to play for through the 2004-2005 season.
Nathan's international play consists of both the U18 and U20 US teams. He played well at the Five Nations Tournament and was the team's second leading scorer at the 2005 IIHF U18 World Championship. He was also part of the bronze-medal winning US National U20 team.
one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award all in 2008). One of his biggest accomplishment was being part of the NCAA Championship in his final season there (2007-2008) although, personally, Gerbe says getting into Boston College to be able to play Division I hockey is his greatest accomplishment.
Portland Pirates (2008-2009, 2009-2010) scoring his first professional goal on 10/11/2008. Prior to having a permanent spot on their NHL roster this season, Gerbe spent parts of 2009-2010 between the Sabres and Pirates. While playing with the Pirates, he recorded his first professional hat trick and was awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for rookie of the year for the 2008–09 season.
Hockey's Future webpage. One of his coaches is credited with giving the best advice Gerbe has ever received and something he lives by even now:
The best advice is to never quit. I'm a small player (5'5"), so size is a huge factor for me. Many people said I couldn't make it because I'm too small, but a lot of people said I could do it. Never quitting is great advice.
Nathan credits his parents with being influential role models:
... They've done everything for me and my five siblings. It's always great to watch them and great to watch how they carry themselves. It carries through the family when you get to watch your parents be role models.He graduated with a degree in communication from Boston College where he was active in some charity work for the college as well as with the BC hockey team (visiting patients at the Franciscan Hospital for Children, participating in community service events held at the YMCA in Brighton, MA, and helping provide food service at local homeless shelters).
I do a lot of food kitchens for homeless shelters. I also visit area hospitals for the kids. Those are the main ones. I think it's great - a lot of people give you opportunities here at Boston College and you have to be thankful for what you've got. It's nice to be able to give back to the community and help others. A lot of people appreciate it, and it looks good for the school since that's what we're representing.
Information found in this post obtained from the following sites:
The Official Website of the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Official Athletic Site of the Boston College Eagles
Nathan Gerbe Wikipedia