Jack Malone said not being named to the original roster of the 2019 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game was a “heartbreaker.”
The pain lasted just two weeks.
Four days before the contest, which took place Jan. 8 at the Ice Box in Lincoln, Neb., the 6-foot-1, 190-pound right wing, who’s in his second full season with the Youngstown Phantoms, was told that he had the opportunity to go as a replacement for injured forward Bobby Brink (Sioux City Musketeers).
“When I didn’t make the team, I was motivated and determined to prove those guys wrong that they didn’t pick me,” Malone, 18, said. “When I got the opportunity, I couldn’t pass it up and knew I had to take advantage of it. I knew I had the skill and the heart to play with everybody there.”