PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Pronger is at an NHL training camp for the 21st time, but this one is a bit different.
Twenty years ago this month, Pronger arrived for Hartford Whalers training camp months after being the second pick of the 1993 NHL Draft.
This marks the first September since then that he hasn't spent the summer preparing for an NHL season.
"It's not the same from that standpoint of coming to the rink knowing you've got a purpose and knowing you're coming to start preparing for the season, preparing for hopefully a long stretch drive, a roll through the playoffs and achieving your goal," Pronger told reporters. "Coming to the rink is always an adrenaline rush. Seeing the guys, coming into the locker room, seeing the staff, that's always fun to be around. It can be a little depressing at times knowing you're not able to be where you want to be."