I put together a feature on Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon for the official site. Here’s an excerpt:
Brenden Dillon sat in the Dallas Stars locker room after a recent practice, and talked about how far he has come over the last few years.
“It really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Dillon said. “Looking across the room at Jaromir Jagr, Loui Eriksson, Brenden Morrow, it’s pretty cool. Stephane Robidas, I’m getting to live at his house. Ten years ago, I remember watching him play for the Montreal Canadiens. Now, I am driving to the rink with him. It’s pretty awesome. It’s surreal.”
That feeling he had in the locker room was different than the one he had almost eight years ago, a few months short of his 15th birthday, sitting in front of a computer and hoping to see his name pop up on the screen as a selection in the Western Hockey League’s Bantam Draft. His name never appeared.
“It was tough at the time,” Dillon said. “I was scrolling on the screen, you get a tear in your eye and mom walks behind and asks, ‘What’s wrong?’ And you say, ‘Aw, nothing,” and kind of walk away.”
You can read the entire story here.