Cam Janssen played 336 NHL games over the course of nine seasons with the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils.
That accomplishment is a source of pride for Janssen and his hometown of Eureka, MO, which is located 30 miles southwest of downtown St. Louis. It's your typical local-boy-done-good story.
But the most interesting part of this tale - or is it tail? - is who Janssen credits for his success.
Yes, his cats - Boo and Jilly.
Video: Janssen credits his cats for extending NHL career
"They bring me a lot of joy. You know that," Janssen tells his friend Pat Maroon while driving to Enterprise Center earlier this week after Maroon signed a one-year contract with the Blues. "I did stickhandle around (my cats). It helped me. I probably played a couple extra years in the NHL because of that."
Most NHL players would use cones, but hey, whatever works! Cam had to purrfect those skills somewhere.
Want to see more? Take a ride with Cam Janssen and Pat Maroon on the way to Enterprise Center. Watch the complete video by clicking here.