Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/16/12 at 01:01 PM ET
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
NHL.com did the story I wanted to do during the recent development camp but I just missed connections with Michael Houser, the young goalie with club feet who the Panthers signed. I’ll catch up to him in September.
Here’s an excerpt of NHL.com’s story on this inspirational young man.
“I talked to my agent pretty quickly after the draft, and there were a couple of teams that wanted me to come to their development camp,” Houser said. “We sat down and figured out which team had the best situation for me, and we decided that Florida had the best opportunity. I wanted to go there and earn a contract, not just fill a net and take shots. They understood that, and so I went down there and played pretty well, and everything came together for me.”
Houser was born with bilateral club feet. With numerous doctors saying he would struggle to walk, much less play competitive sports, the native of Youngstown, Ohio, endured 15 surgeries on each foot in the first three years of his life, then two more when he was 12, to correct the issue.
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