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My rookie year: Not a normal day at work

Zach Werenski relives the moment where he was told he'd made the NHL

by Zach Werenski @ZachWerenski / BlueJackets.com

This week has been pretty exciting.

On Tuesday, I shook my bosses' hands as they said "welcome to the NHL."

I don't think I'll have a hard time remembering that moment for the rest of my life.

I've been on a mission to make this team since I turned pro in March. Ever since I left Michigan, I've done everything in preparation for this opportunity in training camp. When I joined the Monsters, I wanted to be the best player I could be and help win a championship - and that experience was one of the best of my life.

When I got hurt in Traverse City, I wanted to make sure I was ready for camp. The athletic trainers and support staff were awesome and I can't thank them enough for looking after me; I got back on the ice feeling great and I hit the ground running in camp.

It sounds cliché, but for me and in the position I was trying to make the team and earn my spot, I had to go day-by-day and only worry about what was in front of me.

I had to put the big picture out of my mind, focus on each practice and doing my best in that practice to earn the trust of the coaches.

I have a long way to go. I'm still a young player with a lot to learn.

But I'm really proud of the work I put in during camp and I couldn't be more excited to be part of this team. I think we have a great group here and while it seems like a lot of people are underestimating us, we can surprise some of them.

This is only the start of my journey, but I'd be crazy to not thank some of the people who have helped me get here.

My parents and my family have supported me throughout. From a young kid growing up in Grosse Pointe to a 19-year-old on the verge of making his NHL debut, they've been my biggest fans every step of the way.

My coaches have always believed in me. They've also pushed me to want more, to improve as a player and a person, and to keep looking for another level.

I may be in the NHL, but I'm not satisfied.

I know I can get better. I know I can help the Blue Jackets win and I'm so excited to start another chapter of my life here in Columbus.

Enough celebrating, though. This is the achievement of a goal that I set for myself this summer and I'm extremely proud of that - but there's so much more I can do.

It's not about me. It's about the Blue Jackets and we're ready to go.

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