Here is part of his interview with ESPN in 2010:
ESPN: Were you pretty good? What position did you play first of all?
Drake: Right wing.
ESPN: A fast little guy?
Drake: Yeah, I was all right. I ended up making it to Upper Canada College hockey camp, which is where good kids get sent.
ESPN: And then what happened?
Drake: And then I got cross checked in the neck and my mother wouldn't let me play anymore.
His team was called the Weston Wings.
As a Toronto native, Drake is a huge Maple Leafs fan. Before performing "Headlines" at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa, Drake said, "I grew up on the sport that we are here celebrating this evening, and this is one of the greatest honors I have ever received."
During his tour stop this summer in Pittsburgh, Drake was fired up about getting an autographed Penguins sweater from Mario Lemieux:
Drake wasn't personally involved, but when Senators winger Bobby Ryan decided to change his number from 6 to 9, the team posted a video set to the rapper's song "9."
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 2, 2016