STEP 1: POWERLESS
March 14, 2010. Staples Center, Los Angeles: Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings
Rich Clune felt his insides churn as he lined up against Jordin Tootoo. He’d been asking Jordin to drop the gloves throughout the first period, and now early in the second, Jordin had finally obliged.
Jordin wasn’t just any opponent. Four years Rich’s senior, Jordin’s reputation as a hardened fighter capable of taking on anyone who challenged him was the reason Rich had covered his bedroom walls with Jordin’s posters growing up. He idolized Jordin so much that when his first pro coach said Jordin was the player he’d have to emulate to realize his dream of making the NHL, Rich scoffed, saying, “I know.”
FIGHTING TOGETHER Tootoo and Clune battled on the ice before meeting up on th...