By Ann Green
At age 18, Greenville Grrrowl goalie Michael Garnett heard two words that played a central role in a dream floating in his head for more than a dozen years.
Garnett was picked by the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League in the third round (80th overall) of the 2001 draft.
“Hearing your name called in the NHL draft is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever gone through. It was unbelievable,” he said.
High drama for the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, teenager who’d already proven his mettle as a Canadian “prairie dog” warrior on a string of developmental-league teams.
“From 6 or 7, I knew I was going to play pro hockey. I dedicated myself to it,” he said. “I could see, with the baby steps I was making, where the hard work was taking me.”