On the ice, Garnet Hathaway is known for being an enforcer who isn’t afraid to rack up the penalty minutes for getting into fights. Outside the arena, however, he’s made a name for himself as an entrepreneur.
When he was a student-athlete at Brown University in 2012, Hathaway dipped into the family business of selling lobster. Alongside teammate Mike Juola, he hitched the Lazyman Lobster Stand around Rhode Island during his summer breaks to make a few extra bucks in between hockey practices.
“Mike Juola and I got an old sausage cart that was in Fenway [Park], kinda transformed it a little bit…cleaned it a lot,” Hathaway told Capitals teammate Nic Dowd on Monumental Sports’ Level with Me segment. “But I’d drive up to Maine every week, get the meat, bring it back down and sell lobster rolls.”
They hit their fair share of road bumps along the way, with a significant portion of their earnings going right back into buying the lobster from Hathaway’s father—especially at first. But the experience also taught Hathaway the value of learning from mistakes.
The Capitals signed the 28-year-old to a four-year, $6 million contract in July after he spent the first four seasons of his career with the Calgary Flames. Hathaway, who signed with Calgary as an undrafted free agent, didn’t earn consistent playing time until his third season. He turned in a career year in 2018-19, scoring 11 goals with eight assists in 76 games.
Once he got to D.C., it didn’t take long for Capitals fans to catch on to his shellfish-selling past.
Three games into the season, a fan was spotted wearing a No. 21 jersey with “LOBSTAH” printed where Hathaway’s name should’ve been. For his birthday a month later, a young Capitals fan baked him a cake with a lobster on it.
The Hathaways’ passion for lobster runs deep, as Garnet’s father, John, owns a lobster shack in Kennebunkport, Maine. The young Hathaway was a business entrepreneurship major at Brown, so it was only natural that he spread the reach of the family business.
“I should’ve definitely [kept doing it],” Hathaway said. “I had no idea that we had to start an LLC, we had to get a health code—”
“That makes sense, you’re selling seafood,” Dowd cut in. “Not just hot dogs.”
As a full-time NHL player, Hathaway has fallen out of the lobster-selling business. But even after making stops in Calgary and Washington, miles away from his place of business in Rhode Island or hometown in Maine, the lobsters have continued to find him.
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