Experience helps a player to be a little more patient when a team is going through a tough stretch.
That's what Nashville Predators veteran defenseman Hal Gill said, and he's a man with more than 1,000 NHL games under his belt. Plus, he's a guy who's beaten the odds throughout his career.
At 6'7" tall, Gill is an imposing figure on the ice.
"I try to use my reach as much as possible. I try to use my size in front of the net. With the way the game is now, I think everyone tries to find a niche, whether they're big or small," Gill said.
His search for that niche included playing quarterback for his high school football team in Massachusetts.
"I could have played college ball, but I think it could have been a different level. So, hockey was at the highest level that I could be, so I chose that," Gill said.
His career has taken him to several teams, and he even hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"There's nothing quite like it. It's fun looking back on it, knowing that you have it, but the real fun part about it is that battle to get there. I don't think anyone's ever just cruised through an easy season and won an easy Cup," Gill said. "There's always challenges. There's always ups and downs. You play through that and try to do what you can. But when there's that outside motivation - if someone gave up on you, you want to prove them wrong or if someone believed in you, you want to prove them right."
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