The road to the NHL varies from player to player, but few have travelled as much Ottawa Senators forward Stephane Da Costa.
Five years ago, Da Costa left his home of Paris, France, to try his luck at a hockey career in North America. Just 17 at the time and not speaking a word of English, he landed in Frisco, Texas, where he suited up for the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League. He followed up a year there with two seasons with Sioux City's USHL team.
From there, he headed northeast after being recruited by Merrimack College, where he spent two years before signing with the Senators.
But all that travel nearly never happened.
"I don't know how I did it. It was a really a tough time," Da Costa told SensTV of his arrival in Texas. "After three weeks, I wanted to go back home and play (hockey) with my brothers or something like that. My parents, they got me through it."
His English has come almost as many miles as he has since then, aided by a French-Canadian family ...