The Canmore, Alta. kid made his final big-league start more than four years ago. He was 19 at the time.
He walked away at 22.
He seems content at 24 - which might be a more momentous achievement then becoming, at 18, the everyday goalie of the Rangers.
"No, it's not bittersweet," Blackburn says. "You know what? I don't really miss it anymore - it's been such a long time. It was a chapter of my life and I'm on to the next. I'm happy for all the guys that do well. It's good to see (Leclaire) having a successful year.".
Great article. Breaks my heart thinking about this kid. I recently posted about him on another board. I think he's got a great outlook, but I still can't help to think that he shouldn't have been playing in the nHL as a teenager, not as a goalie, game after game. It's like young pitchers in baseball, the wear and tear is too much for a younger body that's still developing. Well that's just my opinion anyway. I'm glad to hear he's doing well.
Not to be too cynical, but a $6MM tax-free buyout would certainly cushion the blow. I'm truly happy for Dan, and wish him all the success with GDI!
Agreed, it might be unfortunate for us as Rangers fans, because he was supposed to be in goal for the next 12 years, but Blackburn seems to be doing fine. Henrik is the goalie in New York now, and Blackburn is doing fine with his endeavors. Everything happens for a reason! I wish him luck and success.