Sheldon Rempal, a tenacious, skilled and fast forward, who models his play after Martin St. Louis, has played in seven games this season with the LA Kings.
But his path to the NHL was not a straightforward one. "Obviously every kid wants to come in at 18 and play in the NHL," Rempal said. "But I didn't really care how long it took."
He played Junior hockey in the BCHL before heading to Clarkson University to compete in the NCAA, all with his eyes set on the national league.
In his second year at Clarkson, he started getting interest from NHL teams and visited each city to determine the best fit.
"I went to the game at STAPLES Center and got a feeling - this is where I want to be, this is where I want to sign and start my pro career," he said.
And on October 18, 2018, Rempal made his NHL debut with the Kings at STAPLES Center.
"It was an unbelievable day I'll never forget. It was so cool to have my family find out, then my friends find out and everybody texting me," Rempal said.
But that first game was just the beginning for Rempal. With a goal of making the opening night roster next season, he has his work cut out for him over the next several months.
Video: Sheldon Rempal's road to the LA Kings and NHL