The youngest of four athletic siblings, Hines has been playing hockey since he can remember.
“For me, it’s the most competitive sport that there is going,” Hines says. “I played lacrosse in high school as well and I love it, but hockey has kind of always been my true love. People who don’t play, don’t know. It’s a game that is so fast, physical, there’s so much going on.
“It’s such a team game as well. Where in some sports you have a starting lineup that generally plays most of the game, where in hockey, you have four lines that generally play the whole game together. It matters what every guy is doing, every second of the game. If one guy isn’t doing his job, it can cost you.”
Hockey has been good to Hines, opening the door to Babson to study finance, which in turn, opened the door to his internship at FTI, which has led to a job when he graduates. But his time on the ice will be over soon and that is something he’s not quite sure how to take.
“It’s hard, because the sport has meant so much to me in my life,” says Hines. “It’s been a part of me for like 17, 18 years. I’ve always been playing. I tried to not let it sink in yet that this is all coming to an end. Because it’s certainly going to be weird this summer, not having a workout regimen. Not having a training program to be following all summer. When I can sit and think about it, I’ll definitely get a little bit choked up.”
Rice will miss Hines too, saying that he is the kind of young man a father would like his son to grow up to be like.