Troy Grosenick realizes it's special to be the current Mr. Admiral.
"I think Mr. Wittliff might have something to something to say about that, but it's definitely special," Grosenick told TODAY'S TMJ4 sports anchor Lance Allan. "You know, being kind of the first home grown guy to play for the Admirals."
The Brookfield East product even squeezed into his old youth sweater just to show area kids he was once like them.
College Basketball 5 Stitched Elite R Barrett Blue Jersey j "I stopped in at my parents house and found one of my old Elmbrook jerseys and brought it over and I, on the way over, I was like, 'I wonder if I can squeeze into this thing?' and I was," said Grosenick. "It was like a belly shirt, but I was able to squeeze into it."
As a young goalie, Grosenick actually liked the high scorers on the Admirals and Badgers.
"Gino Cavallini was up there, he was probably my brother's favorite," he said. "He actually coached us too, growing up. Steve Reinprecht was probably my favorite Badger. He wore 27, 27 was my favorite number. And was a really good player."
Sure, he has his own bobble head coming out this Friday, but the memory of a lifetime? Making 47 saves, the most in an NHL shutout debut.
"My parents were able to make it in, and my brother was able to make it in. Maggie was able to make it in. So, that was cool in and of itself," Grosenick said. "And then, I just remember, like being nervous the night before. And just telling myself, alright well, you're just going out and you're playing another hockey game. You know, obviously, it was a good night."
And that's why he's back, to see the growth in Milwaukee hockey.
"The Ponds wasn't even built yet when I first started skating," said Grosenick. "I first started skating at Eble Park. I just remember not being very good."
Now he carries the torch for the highest level pro team in Wisconsin.
"I think that the Admirals have had a huge impact in growing the grass roots," Grosenick said. "And you know, obviously a lot of my success has to do with all those grass roots programs growing and becoming what they are now. And Elmbrook, we didn't have a real home rink, when we first started. Elmbrook I don't even think was a program, when I was first born."