David Desharnais had to scratch and claw his way to the NHL. When he did just that, the now 30-year-old forward broke into the League with his "hometown team" the Montreal Canadiens.
With Montreal, the Laurier-Station, Quebec native played more than 400 games. But he was traded to the Oilers at the NHL Trade Deadline.
"It ended pretty bad for me," said Desharnais. "I didn't want to be in the stands and all that. But my memories with Montreal are it was my dream come true to play in the NHL and playing for the Montreal Canadiens. They gave me a great chance and I'm really thankful for that. Now I've got to move on."
Now, Desharnais will face his former team on Sunday. It's something he's never had to experience before, but he's hoping it helps turn the page officially and he's excited to continue to help out his new teammates. In three games for Edmonton, Desharnais has a goal and an assist.
"When you're a young man from Quebec and you play in that environment and you struggle just to get to the League and now you're playing for the Habs, that's pretty remarkable," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "It's a story within itself. Now he's going to play against them. That's probably going to magnify his emotion a little bit."