Best of buds can say, 'We made it' with Wild, Sabres

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 7, 2011 - 5:47 AM

Jared Spurgeon and Tyler Ennis will share the same sheet of ice today as NHL players.

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ctillhockeyMar. 6, 11 6:35 AM

I had heard about them both being cut from the bantam team, but I never read the whole story. Great piece, Youngblood! I wasn't aware that Peckham was one of their childhood buddies too. It's amazing: 4 kids of the same age from the same youth hockey program all making it into the NHL.

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bhrnew1lMar. 6, 11 8:37 AM

Yes Mister Cliff Fletcher, your son must have done his research when he picked up Sturgeon, great move ! you must be proud. A feel good story with the only thing missing from making me cry is that I am sure we are talking about a very well off affluent parents who were able to offer Mister Sturgeon and Mister Ennis all of the opportunities to play to allow these two smaller young men the chance to play out their goals. I am happy for them, but would not it have been great if Dean Youngblood could have been able to tell us in a story that Mister Sturgeon and Mister Ennis lived in a trailer house with a single mom like the movie Eminem in 8 mile, we would have all been sobbing over our computers. Those stories are not in the world of hockey players unless they are playing recreation

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hockeybiasMar. 6, 1110:06 AM

Thanks for sharing this Mike!

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funkadelicMar. 6, 1110:53 AM

Great story! I really like getting these behind-the-scenes views. Makes it even more fun to be a fan. Cheers, Mike!

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hnidynightMar. 6, 1112:43 PM

great story. great writing. i love these little pieces. esp about spurgeon, who is starting to make his way into my "fave five" on the team. good for him and his buddy for persevering amidst messages that their chances to make it to the bigs are slim to none. good for both of them. mkia, you are an angry man. wow.

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floridascottMar. 6, 11 1:01 PM

Hey hockeybias and funkadelic I know you just blindly think that Russo writes all Wild content and perhaps walks on water, but take a look at the byline.....Nice story MR. YOUNGBLOOD.

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bhrnew1lMar. 6, 11 1:03 PM

Hndiyknight, I am not an angry man and how do you know I am not a girl, heck it was said a couple of weeks ago on here that I should not have an opinion because I had not spent enough time inside hockey locker rooms (that is a perception only, just like its assumed that I am a man and not a girl). All I am saying is that this story I think is well written and has a good theme but it would be nice to see a story about an underprivileged kid in hockey that made it to the bigs in pro hockey, they are available in pro basketball, just sayin. The statement you are making assuming that I am angry or the person that says I should not have an opinion is just as angry as you perceive my poster to be..... Signed Mister Know it all

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bhrnew1lMar. 6, 11 1:21 PM

What I think is a valid point here, you look at Trevor Gillies and is his anger obviously, I read his bio, the guy spent a ton of time back in forth in the AHL before finally getting to play in the bigs. I am sure he is probably as close to an underprivileged story as your going to find in the NHL Its not very popular and is consider kind of taboo to write about the expense to have an opportunity to play in this sport. Again, I think the article was great and I hope to see more like it in the future

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hnidynightMar. 6, 11 1:43 PM

i think the point here is that the story is about spurgeon. playing against his friend. and both of them overcame the "size factor" in the nhl to make it and stick here. and become significant contributors to their respective teams. the point is that this article is about spurgeon. if you want a hollywood version nhl type story, i'm sure there are lots out there to choose from. go do your research. or write it yourself. it's ignorant of you to think that they can only be found in basketball. let the rest of us just enjoy this article about spurgeon. your incessant need to turn an article into your own personal soapbox is tiresome. really.

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floridascottMar. 6, 11 2:03 PM

Hey hnidynight, don't respond. You can not have a rational conversation with something that is not rational. Just ignore everything. Don't hit the "No" on the comments. Being hated is the desired outcome. and you doing exactly what is wanted.

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