Niagara Gazette — He only lasted one season with the Lightning, as the following year he was picked up by the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, the highest-level junior league in the province.
Along the way, he was noticed by the National Hockey League and, just a few years after the New York Rangers drafted him, he became their team captain.
That kid’s name: Ryan Callahan. Yes, that Ryan Callahan, now a bona fide NHL star, whose path to glory included one very bumpy ride one season in Western New York.
It’s pretty safe to say, that one poor season didn’t ruin him. In fairness, Callahan wasn’t the only player on the Lightning squad who still had a good future after a bad season. Some teammates returned the following year, helped improve the team and even pulled off a first-round playoff upset before moving on to college or to a new career path.
It’s Callahan’s example, though, that should serve as an important lesson to players (and even parents) who might look upon a losing season that was and fear all is lost.
I cannot guarantee that you, too, will get noticed and rise to stardom in the face of severe adversity.
However, young men and women, if under such adversity you compromise your focus and work ethic or even just give up, it is then you have played a losing season.
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