Gare Joyce recounts some of his favorite moments from watching prospects while working on the NHL draft blog, as he leaves after an eight-year run to pursue other career endeavors.
When Nigerian-Russian Akim Aliu moved to Toronto with hid family six years ago, he'd never seen a hockey game. Now the Blackhawks draftee is on the verge of skating to the NHL.
There are stories about athletes beating the odds to reach the pros. ESPN The Magazine's Gare Joyce looks at Jonathan Cheechoo's journey.