After tasting life in the NHL, local heroes Sven Bartschi and Ty Rattie returned to Portland last night to a rude awakening, as the Winterhawks lost to the Tri-City Americans 4 – 1. Sven especially had hoped he would stay with the Calgary Flames for a least a few regular season games, and it was clear last night that he was still visibly disappointed that didn’t happen. To return on a loss certainly didn’t help things, but all of our draft talent is already achieving more at their young age than I was in my late teens. I know them enough to know that they appreciate their good fortune and that they love playing here. But I also know how I saw the world at their age, and I’d be pretty tweaked right now if I were them. Which got me to thinking, what would I tell them about appreciating how lucky they are and how to make the most of this season?
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