"I don’t know if it was a surprise as much as fulfilling a dream. Just the way things happened. I made Buffalo as a first-round pick and was somewhat of a local boy. I played junior hockey in Niagara Falls just 20 minutes away. I had all the help and all the support that got you through those tougher days. People wanted to see me succeed. John Muckler was the general manager of the team and became my coach. John Muckler was great, for me as a young man, as a teenager. I remember my first meeting with him. He said, 'Listen, you’re 19 years old. In six months, you’re going to have to be acting 30 if you want to be on this hockey team.'
"Maturity wise. I had the right people around me. Dale Hawerchuk, Dave Andreachuk, Pat Lafontaine. They’re Hall of Famers, these guys. Colin Patterson is one of the top five guys I’ve ever played with. I was fortunate to have those types of people around me."
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