At a recent Winnipeg Jets practice in Newark, New Jersey, Patrik Laine joyfully darted about the ice, smiling, grinning and generally seeming to be having the time of his life: He’s a teenager living the dream of playing in the National Hockey League. His ultra-quick hands produced wrister after wrister goal, occasionally catching his veteran teammates off guard.
Laine’s only concern that day looked to be the mid-March East Coast snowstorm that had postponed the Jets’ late-season game against the New Jersey Devils the night before, leaving him with bewilderment and time on his hands. Sure, the Jets are close to being eliminated from the playoffs, but Laine wanted to play. After all, that’s what he’s here for.
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