When Anthony Stolarz arrived at the Philadelphia Flyers' prospect development camp in July 2012, he was less than a month removed from being a second-round pick in the NHL Draft and was preparing for his freshman year at college.
A year later, Stolarz returned far more experienced from a season that had highs and lows that opened his eyes and steeled his resolve.
Stolarz started last season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, but as the youngest player in a three-goalie rotation, playing time became an immediate issue. By the December holidays, he had played eight of 18 games and the experience was becoming less than desirable.
"Right around when I got back from Christmas, right after the Quinnipiac series [Dec. 29-30], I went a while without playing," Stolarz told NHL.com. "I said to myself, 'Do I really want to go through this, not playing games?' As a goalie, it's tough. As a forward, you're going out there every three shifts. As a goalie, there's only one guy that can have the net and there's three of us."