All of the 225 players selected in the National Hockey League Draft this year took different paths to hearing their names called in Montreal.
When it comes to journeys, though, the one taken by Hunter McDonald is tough to top.
A native of Fairport, N.Y., McDonald thought about his unusual sojourn after being selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (pick No. 165) on June 25 at Bell Centre.
Recalling that journey — and the sacrifices involved — caused McDonald’s father to nearly cry.
“His journey was a little different,” said Tom McDonald, his voice cracking. “Oh, yeah.”