You've seen them on TV. You know their moves. You've seen their goals. You've memorized their stats and watch them in awe.
But these players haven't always been in the spotlight. They came from minor leagues - the same leagues you grew up playing in.
On Thursday, May 28, from 1-2 p.m. ET, Our Game connected with the pros about their minor hockey experience in a live online forum, Minor Memories: NHLers look back.
Hockey fans chatted with Hockey Night in Canada's Kelly Hrudey, an Edmonton native who played for the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.
Kelly shared his thoughts on how he sometimes felt "isolated" as a goalie when he was younger, but how he thrived on the pressure that came with being between the pipes.
Also on board was Alyn McCauley, a 10-year NHL veteran who is also a former CHL player of the year and two-time gold medallist with Canada's world junior team.
Among many topics, McCauley talked about his experience with concussions. He also expressed shock that Marty Havlat played in a recent playoff game following a massive on-ice hit that left him unconscious.
Chris Gratton also weighed in on the chat, revealing what he thinks about paying coaches in minor hockey. Chris has played more than 1,000 NHL games in his 17-year career and recorded more than 550 points.
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