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World Cup of Hockey

Brandon Saad: My Hometown

Team North America forward on the small Pennsylvania town he was raised in

by Chris Lomon @NHLPA /

One of the most dynamic young forwards in the NHL, Brandon Saad will play Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which starts at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday.

Last season Saad, 23, had NHL career-bests of 31 goals and 53 points in his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Prior to being traded to the Blue Jackets, he helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015.

Before the puck drops on the World Cup, Saad takes fans on a tour of his hometown of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania.

Gibsonia Facts:

Population: 2,656 (as of July 1).

History: The town is named after the Gibson family, who settled the area. It's located in Allegheny County and Richland Township.

Making tracks: The town is home to the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum. The museum holds an annual Holiday Train Show each year, running from mid-November to mid-January.

Big Ben: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger owns a house in Gibsonia.

From here to there: It's about a five-hour drive (309 miles) from Gibsonia to Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the site of the World Cup.

Saad on Gibsonia:

Hometown pride: "It's a small town. I think I'm most proud of how the people are that live there. Everybody is friendly."

The sporting life: "I lived in a big neighborhood with a bunch of kids around my age so it was always fun running around after school. We'd all get together and hang out playing different sports or going to the local pool."

Tour guide: "Not much is really around, being about 35 minutes north of the city (Pittsburgh). I would probably take fans to the city to see the skyline or Mount Washington."

From small-town Pennsylvania to the world hockey stage: "I'm excited about the experience of playing in an international tournament and this time being mixed in with Canadians that I usually wouldn't get the opportunity to play alongside with."

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