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by George Malik on 04/25/14 at 04:40 AM ET
The Sault Star's Peter Ruicci penned a catching-up article profiling former Soo Greyhounds defenseman, Red Wings prospect and Grand Rapids Griffins blueliner Ryan Sproul, and instead of chopping it up, I'll suggest you take it from here:
Showing up at the arena two hours prior to the afternoon start, Sproul saw his name posted among those in the lineup. He was about to live the NHL experience.
“I was just trying to turn my nerves into energy,” recalled Sproul, who starred for the 2012-2013 Greyhounds, eventually being named the Canadian Hockey League's top defenceman.
With Danny DeKeyser and Niklas Kronwall held out in order to rest up for the playoffs, and with Jonathan Ericsson sidelined with an injured finger, Sproul played alongside Ouellet on the Wings third defensive pair. Wearing jersey No. 48, Sproul, an outstanding skater with a lethal shot, didn't look out of place during a game that was broadcast nationally in the United States on NBC.
“I was pretty much pinching myself,” admitted Sproul, a six-foot-four, 205-pounder, who played three seasons for the Hounds. “This is my dream. This is where I want to be.”
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