There was a time only six weeks ago when Winnipeg Jets prospect Logan Stanley felt powerless.
His brothers in arms, the Windsor Spitfires, blew a 3-1 series lead and were knocked out in the opening round of the OHL playoffs after a crushing Game 7 defeat.
Sidelined with a knee injury, Stanley could only watch it unfold from the discomfort of the press box.
It was the 40th straight, and most punishing game he'd missed in a pivotal development year, but there was nothing he could do to change it.
The past, that is.
The way forward, meanwhile, had never been clearer: He was determined to make it back in time for what he and the rest of his team have been looking forward to all year.