As the NHL season is officially over and we are in the "off-season", the Stanley Cup is over and we have an unbelievable story on our hands. First off, the St. Louis Blues who won their first ever Stanley Cup as well as a team that managed to climb from last place in the NHL around the All-Star break to Stanley Cup champs. Therefore congratulations to the St. Louis Blues and their remarkable season but more importantly, I want to focus my attention on Jordan Binnington.
For any youth hockey players, professional athletes in the AHL, ECHL, etc or college players for who are not seeing ice time or struggling. Let Jordan Binnington be your way of motivation and someone you look up to. Binnington was a third round 88th overall selection in the 2011 NHL draft. He spent his final junior years in the OHL for the Owen Sound Attack until he was sent to the ECHL for Kalamazoo from 2013-2014, he then spent two seasons from 2014-2016 in Chicago of the AHL was then sent to the the Providence Bruins for the 2017-18 season and was finally sent to the San Antonio Rampage for the 2018-19 season. At the end or somewhere in the middle of the 2017-2018 season Binnington was approached by the Bruins AHL team that they were going to send him down to the ECHL to recall someone else to their AHL program and he told them no way he's not going back to ECHL. Therefore they had to trade him if that was the case, that is why he ended up in San Antonio for the 2018-19 season.
My point here is that Binnington a now Stanley Cup winner, starting goaltender in the NHL who posted a 24-5 record with a 1.89 GAA (goals against) and .927 save percentage in the regular season along with a 16-10 playoff record and 2.46 GAA and .914 save percentage. Binnington was drafted in the 2011 draft, that was EIGHT years ago, he spent four years in the AHL, one year in the ECHL and despite being told he was going to be sent back to the ECHL managed to battle through all that. Never given a chance to play in the NHL from 2011 to 2018. To me Binnington's story and the fact the Blues won the Stanley Cup makes me so happy for the kid. At 25-years-old, Binnington managed to stick out the tough years of his career during such a young age, an age many players are not mentally strong and or developed mentally to withstand the uncertainty of what can happen to his career. Binnginton's story is a great one and one that a lot of kids should look at and use as motivation.
NEVER say NEVER kids. No matter what, never say never. I am not sure what kind of internal motivation or external motivation Binnington has, but let him be an example for you kids. Not everything will be easy, not every road will have a clear path to the top, things will get difficult in life and your back will be against the wall a lot. You have to be able to stick it through, have your chin up and no matter what you NEVER say NEVER. Goals that are worth achieving and having are not easy, not many successful people in life were just given things and handed their success. The reason I truly enjoy Binnington's story and why the guy will have a lifetime supporter in myself is because he is a prime example of when the tough gets going he does not quit and he comes back 10x better and stronger. Look at him, one-year in the ECHL, four-years in the AHL to then come into the NHL during St. Louis terrible skid and a last place St. Louis team, turn the team around, go on a 16-game win streak, make the playoffs and now win the Stanley Cup. Binnington saw his opportunity and crushed it. I know it seems a little repetitive at this point but, seriously kids I don't know how I can say it, or how it can get through to you. But, NEVER ever give up. Great things in life are not going to come easy, if you truly want something you will do whatever it takes to get it.
What are you truly passionate about and willing to go all in on? And why have you not gone all in already?