ST. LOUIS -- When days turned into months and months into years, one could understand if pessimistic thoughts crept into Wade Redden's mind.
Through good faith and a solid work ethic, Redden never wavered. He believed all along that another opportunity in the NHL would present itself. But when the defenseman was cast aside by the New York Rangers in 2010, little did he imagine it would take nearly three more years to reach 1,000 career games.
Redden was playing for the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, after his last NHL game in 2010. Instead of wallowing in self-pity about whether he would ever get the opportunity to play in the League again, Redden continued his everyday life in a businesslike manner, believing the chance would arise.