Taylor Hall is immensely talented but also received some great encouragement along the way, as he revealed through some personal keepsakes on social media.
The Arizona Coyotes forward shared a letter of encouragement he received when he was 12 from his youth hockey coach on Tuesday.
Hall posted a picture of a scoresheet from a game where he scored six goals and nine points in a game in October 2003 and a signed card from then-Hockey Canada CEO Bob Nicholson, who is now Edmonton Oilers chairman. Attached to the signed card was an encouraging letter from his "Coach Adam" from February 2004.
"In the years to come, things will happen that will make you question your talent and dedication to the game," the letter said, in part. "If you don't lose sight of your goal, everything you wish for will happen for you.
"You're a great kid playing a great game."
The encouragement worked. Hall was the top pick of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Oilers about six years after he was passed over for a team that played in the prestigious Brick Invitational and Quebec International PeeWee Tournaments.
He has played 627 NHL games and won the Hart Trophy as a member of the New Jersey Devils in 2018.