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Well-traveled goalie Joey Daccord could be going places with the Kraken

Marisa Ingemi, The Seattle Times on

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When Joey Daccord makes a save, he knows what it feels like on the other side.

The Boston native was one of the goalies selected by the Kraken in its expansion draft. An Arizona State alum who has played just about everywhere in North America, he's also played just about everywhere on the ice as well.

Daccord played both goalie and forward until he was 13 years old, when he had a decision to make; pursue being a scorer or continue a family tradition between the pipes.

"I think it maybe made me a better skater," he said. "I was always into the goalie thing but also liked scoring, and I still do, but I asked my dad like, 'When it comes to decision time, what am I better at?' And he said, 'I think you got a chance to be a pretty good goalie,' and I thought he was right."

Daccord's father, Brian, is a former goalie, and he is a special assistant to the general manager and director of goaltending operations with the Arizona Coyotes.

Plenty of hockey players grow up in hockey families around the game, but the Daccords are a goalie family.

 

"He's been a huge help and obviously is an amazing dad," Daccord said. "Having him as a mentor in hockey, too, is incredible."

His brother, Alex, also knew he was fated to be in net and gave up playing as a forward when he was 10. Entering his junior year playing for New Hampshire-based Saint Anselm, he has been inspired by his older brother.

Like Joey, Alex played forward and goalie. Seeing what his brother did at the position, he made the move to goalie full-time as well.

"Joey taught me a lot of things growing up," Alex said. "He was always interested in the goalie style and things like that, and that's what my dad's favorite thing was, too, like growing up seeing the Gerry Cheevers mask and all that. We loved the equipment, and Joey helped me get a nice painted mask he actually paid for, which was really nice."

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