Read: Chris Kreider Is In Love With Hockey and Making Himself Better

Throughout training camp and the preseason for the Whale, Chris Kreider consistently made it clear that he loves playing hockey.

Since the season started for the Whale, Kreider has not changed his tune, telling the NY Times “It’s fun to go out there and do what you love to do. Whenever you’re playing hockey it’s exciting, whatever the situation.”

He added, “I’m very happy to be here to try to learn to play hockey. After you’ve had that taste, you just want to get back on the ice. I never came down. I was so excited and so disappointed that we lost to New Jersey that I wanted to keep going.”

So far in Hartford, Kreider has 1 goals, 6 assists, 26 shots and is a -2 in 11 games.

Kreider also has 35 penalty minutes, 15 in one game and 8 in another.

Blueshirts United said that Kreider returned to the ice for extra practice with Whale assistant coach Pat Boller after all of his teammates left the facility.

They write that with his dedicated to hard work and the effort he brings to the ice every day, “Chris Kreider is going to be everything and then some that Rangers fans pray he will be in the NHL.”