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47 minutes ago, FireGillis said:

Jake is the classic example of the player who is just happy to be in the NHL, so he can party like a rock star.  So much potential wasted because he never had the work ethic or desire to improve his game.  Not sure if this will be his wake up call or not.

Exactly how I feel.

 

Rather than the deep down passion and commitment to win/be the best as the driving force, just getting there and enjoying the status versus pushing beyond in a sky's the limit way.  Getting to a threshold that allows the privilege and settling in there.  I kind of feel Genie Bouchard is in the same trap.  

 

It seems like there's a fork in the road moment in professional athlete's worlds where they achieve a level of success and stardom and can veer off course as that becomes a distraction.  Staying focused and on the path must be tough for young people and not all can resist the temptation to bask in the glory (sometimes prematurely).  It appears that can really get in the way of things.

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For a lot of young guys who are immature, becoming an adult forces you to grow up, regardless of your personality. Unfortunately for athletes, they don't really have to grow up if they don't want to, and I feel Jake is in that position. 

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