NHL Players From Humble Beginnings?
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10-23-2013, 09:55 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: New York City
You cannot write such a thread and not mention Glen Metropolit and John Madden (each grew up a year apart in a different Toronto housing project - Metropolit in the Regent Park socialized housing, and Madden in the Parma Court socialized housing). Both were undrafted.
Glen started out in the IHL and ECHL, and eventually ended up playing 407 NHL games for several teams, and is currently playing in Switzerland. By contrast, his brother Troy is serving a life sentence for killing an inmate while he was initially serving a 14-year sentence for another gruesome. John could barely afford to play youth hockey and his coach had to pay his expenses for one year. The Devils' drafting of Brendan Morrison and Madden's playing at Michigan provided what ended up being the stroke of luck for Madden's eventual 898-game NHL career, winning 3 Stanley Cups and the 2001 Selke (Madden was first noticed when the Devils were monitoring Morrison's development).
You can read about John Madden's story here:
You can read about Glen Metropolit's story here:
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