Ryan Riordan's feature on the Bishop Canevin hockey team:
"Nikita Meskin grew up around hockey, but the sport was almost taken away from him last summer.
Meskin was born in Samara, Russia, which is north of Moscow. He grew up in a hockey family, as his father was a former hockey referee in the Russian minor leagues.
"Everyone in my family loves watching it," Meskin said.
Although Meskin, didn't start playing hockey until he moved to the Pittsburgh area when he was 6 years old, he said he started skating at an even younger age in the hockey-crazy country."