Left wing Nathan Walker still can recall how impressed he was the first time he witnessed a hockey game in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.
He was inspired so much, in fact, that he decided to lace on the blades and give the sport a shot because it was "something different" to do in a country dominated by football and soccer.
"Soccer wasn't a sport that really fit with me too well," Walker told NHL.com. "I can kind of kick a ball but I don't know what direction it's going in. Hockey isn't the most popular thing in Australia; it's certainly not the No. 1 thing to do on a Saturday night."
While it might not be the thing to do, Walker made certain to watch, practice and play as often as possible.