Like many of us, hockey players have citizenship with just one country. For a player to have dual citizenship in two different countries is a bit more uncommon. Although, it does occur.
NHL Hall of Famer Brett Hull has dual citizenship between Canada and United States and he chose to play for the Stars and Stripes. Current Montreal Canadien Alex Galchenyuk has dual citizenship between the United States and Russia, and he too chooses to play for America. Ditto for Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville, who was born in Quebec, but plays for Team USA.
For 2014 Penn State commit Scott Conway, he has dual citizenship between Canada and Great Britain. He was born in Guildford, England in April of 1995 thanks to his Dad playing professionally in England.
His father, Kevin Conway, scored 57 goals as a 19-year old right winger for his hometown Sault. Ste Marie Greyhounds during the 1982-83 season, which was his first full OHL season. He then played as an overager for the now defunct Kingston Canadians during the 1983-84 OHL season where scored 65 goals before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to embark on a playing career in the United Kingdom.
In England, Scott’s Dad played for over 20 years and recorded nine seasons with over 100 points and two 200 plus point seasons. In the 1987-88 season, while playing for the Durham Wasps and Telford Tigers of the BHL, Conway scored 151 goals. (Yes, you did read that right.)
Following his playing career, Conway was elected to the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Scott’s cousin Brett Perlini , who was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2010, currently plays for the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. Conway’s younger first cousin Brendan Perlini, Brett’s brother, currently plays for the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL and could be a top 10 NHL pick come June.
Conway moved to the United States when he was 14 to play junior hockey with the prestigious Belle Tire midget program based out Detroit and the Victory Honda midget program based out of Plymouth Township, Michigan. Following three successful years in Michigan, the 6’0, 180 pound Conway took his talents to the Lone Star State.
He suited up for the Texas Tornado (NAHL) last year where he scored 18 goals, 36 assists, for 54 points in 57 games played. His stellar season in Texas is big reason why the Indiana Ice of the USHL made him the seventh overall pick in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.
Currently, Conway leads the Ice in scoring with 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points in 22 games played. He’s scheduled to be in Happy Valley next year and is projected to be a second-or- third line forward with the Lions.
From England, to Michigan, to Texas, to Indiana, and to Central Pennsylvania next year, Conway’s hockey career is certainly uncommon.
If bloodlines count for anything, Penn State hockey fans should be excited to see Conway suit up in the blue and white next season. If Conway can find the back of the net at even a fraction of the pace that his father did, then he could turn into something pretty special.