David Levin didn’t step on the ice until her was nine years old, at 15, he was the first overall draft pick in the OHL Priorirty Selection.
He got his start lacing up a different kind of skate, playing inline hockey in Israel.
Levin says his first attempt to transition to the ice didn’t go too smoothly, but after a few years working at it he made the move to Ontario to pursue the ice hockey dream.
While trying out with the Hill Academy Prep School, Levin says he was approached by a AA coach for a tryout, and at that AA skate he was approached by a AAA coach asking him to tryout.
Things moved pretty quickly for Levin from there, scoring 39 goals and 80 points in 55 games with the Don Mills Flyers AAA Minor Midgets, and then being drafted 1st overall by the Wolves.
Levin’s first language is Russian and he also speaks English and Hebrew. Despite only learning english three years ago, he acted as the translator for Sudbury’s Russian Import pick Dmitry Sokolov during the offseason.
Here’s the full interview with David Levin of the Sudbury Wolves: