With the NHL season still on hold, this feels like a natural time for many in the game to do a little reflecting. 

Hockey Central has hosted several coaches and general managers over the course of the league’s current suspension, and Sportsnet’s Brian Burke has been asking many of them the same simple question: What was your first job in the game?

The question has made for some fun and interesting insights into how careers in front offices and behind benches begin, from important connections made during shortened playing careers to simply answering a newspaper ad. Here’s a collection of some of those stories: