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THE > MUSIC ISSU with that, I could always go shoot pucks in the backyard." As a pro player with more downtime on his hands, Lashoff has performed with teammates at various team functions or just casually around his apartment, and even dabbled in the recording side of the business. Eventually, Lashoff got connected with a record producer who wanted to work with the musically gifted hockey player. So they decided to cut an album together. In recording, Lashoff was set up with some of the best session musicians in the business to back him on Living on Heart. "Some of these guys recorded with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Eric Clapton and I'm supposed to tell them a direction we're supposed to go with this thing," Lashoff says with a laugh. "It was a pretty cool experience for me to see and it allowed me to grow as a musician by being around artists all in the same room." With no label backing – by Lashoff's own choosing – he released the album on his own, which is available at iTunes and He wasn't sure what to expect or how it would be received, but once it was out there, it really began to take off. "It's interesting to see the reaction from people because it's a totally different feeling to put something out there like that than it is to go out there in a game," says Lashoff, who counts Brian Leetch and Stevie Ray Vaughan as two Matt Lashoff's of his biggest influLiving on Heart is ences in hockey and available at iTunes and music, respectively. October . 2013 E cks ro "When you put something like that out there, you're putting your feelings out to a bunch of hard-nosed hockey fans that only want to see you go out and play hockey. It's a nerve-racking situation." The 11-song album, which Lashoff described as an acoustic record in the vein of John Mayer, was predominantly well received. Lashoff admitted it made him a somewhat easy target for on-ice trash talk from his opponents, but teammates were supportive of Lashoff's musical efforts. "It's something that if I didn't do, I'd be kicking myself in the end," Lashoff admits. Though he is proud of his record, Lashoff said it doesn't come close to comparing to his accomplishments in hockey, citing his draft day and first NHL goal as major highlights. And while he is far from ready to hang up his skates, Lashoff hopes that he'll be able to continue in music when his hockey playing days are done. "It would be hard for me not to stay in music and at least do something," says Lashoff, who spent last season playing in Switzerland but is looking to crack the Montreal Canadiens lineup this year. "Even if I'm just hacking around at a local place or I'm fortunate enough to play in front of thousands of people." Those aspirations for the time being remain on hold. After all, the talented blueliner still has the heart of a hockey player. N Chris Peters is a freelance writer based out of North Liberty, Iowa, and the creator of the popular hockey blog United States of Hockey. USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 21

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