Viktor Fasth's day job distracted him from a hockey career that hadn't progressed as quickly as he sometimes wanted.
Fasth taught autistic high school students in his native Sweden, a profession that gave the rookie Anaheim Ducks goaltender -- who signed a two-year extension last week -- not only free nights to pursue his dreams but also perspective.
"You kind of forgot about hockey in the daytime," Fasth said. "You didn't think about hockey the whole day. I got to interact with a lot of people who were not in hockey."
This was in 2010, before Fasth made the jump to the Swedish Elite League and then to the Swedish national team -- all that got the notice of Ducks scouts. It came after nearly a decade in his country's minor league hockey system.
"Hockey is really fun, as long as you are developing," Fasth said. "The day you think that you are done developing your game, that's the time you start wondering if you should continue."
The Ducks saw something in him and signed the late...