I recently got this magical return back from Aleksander “Sasha” Barkov. He’s one player that I was surprised about in terms of getting a return back since he’s such a high caliber player. He’s currently the alternative captain of the Florida Panthers and has done well to live up to his 2nd overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Aleksander started off his career in his native country, Finland and was a highly touted NHL draft pick. According to the NHL Central Scouting, he was the best European player of the draft.
As personal branding is becoming more and more common, Barkov has his own website which promotes things like his Golf School and the work he does in the community. Take a look here for his work, it’s quite impressive. The things that are on his website are great motivational pieces that we can all take back to our own lives. Here is a quote from his site:
Things that Matter to Me
People may wonder about what it takes to be a professional ice hockey player and there is no simple answer to this question. What I do is I try to learn from my mistakes and work hard on my weaknesses. Sometimes it can be tough, but you have to stay dedicated and keep on trying. Every single day is a new challenge. It takes courage and passion to test your own limits during the training and more importantly during the games. It is a long and difficult journey, but there are so many great rewards along the way.