It was almost exactly 11 years ago that I left for the first business trip of my professional career. The Hurricanes were participating in the annual rookie tournament hosted in Kitchener, Ont. On the plane with me from Raleigh to Toronto were my new bosses, Jim Rutherford, Jason Karmanos
and Paul Maurice
, as well as some of our European prospects, who had flown across the ocean to Raleigh to acclimate before making the trip to Kitchener.
Little did I know at the time, but two of those European prospects would not only become important parts of Hurricanes history, but they would also become two of my favorite hockey people. Niclas Wallin
and Josef Vasicek
would both make the Hurricanes roster during the training camp that followed the tournament in Kitchener. And they'd both have an impact on my life personally and professionally.
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