by Adrian Dater
Sam Brittain had it all — a full-ride hockey scholarship to a top college program, a sensational freshman season for the Denver Pioneers behind him, and the knowledge that the NHL's Florida Panthers wanted him to play for them some day.
Then, one day last spring, all it took were ligaments tearing from a bone to make him feel like he'd lost it all. Such is the precarious life of an athlete, but Brittain didn't have any big, guaranteed pro contract to console him. The kid who'd always had it come easy for him suddenly had to face the question: What if my career is over before it starts? [read entire article]