I was pretty young myself, just 23, and I wanted to do some things outside the box. Here I had an opportunity to work with a 13-year-old, basically start from scratch, and do something a little unique.
He challenges himself, he sets high standards, makes the sacrifices he needs to make in his social life. ... Few people know what kind of character and work ethic he has.
I wouldn't say I knew he'd play in the NHL some day, but I knew he was an exceptional talent,