Brutal path to NHL dream by Nathan Walker

I love hockey.

Sure, there have been a few setbacks but I never doubted that I could come back and become the first Australian to make it to the NHL.

I chose hockey over rugby league in my teens. My old man got me involved with league and signed me up to play as a junior in Cronulla. I played a bit of everything – second row, lock, five-eighth, centre. Growing up my favourite player was Danny Nutley. He was my hero.

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