For most of his hockey life Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has only been showered with accolades and awards. But this past season, Ekblad, the No. 1 overall draft pick in juniors and NHL, faced adversity. Ekblad has already played in two NHL All-Star games and was the Calder Trophy Rookie of
Some skates go to Toronto, where they can be bronzed and displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Bobby Orrs skates are there. Shawn Thornton said that when he finished his career, his skates would go elsewhere: the trash.
Shawn Thornton, Boston's favorite enforcer, retired last week after playing in more than 700 NHL games. After the game ended, he threw his skates in the trash, really emphasizing the whole “I'm done” thing. However, an intrepid Panthers staffer refused to let the skates end up in a dumpster somewhere