HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Before tearing up the Western Hockey League with 347 points in four seasons -- including 231 over the past two -- St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie had an incredibly arduous decision to make before becoming a Portland Winterhawk.
The 32nd pick in the 2011 NHL Draft turned a simple phone call into a blossoming career in the Western Hockey League.
In 2012-13, he had 110 points, a season that culminated with a 36-point postseason that led the Winterhawks to the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions. He also led the team with six goals and 12 points in five games at the Memorial Cup.
Life was good for Rattie, but looking back, he almost never gave the Winterhawks a chance.