Growing up in Elk River, Minn., Wild defenseman Nate Prosser didn't have to look far for NHL role models. Prosser merely had to glance up at the huge billboards on the Elk River Ice Arena depicting Joel Otto, Dan Hinote and Paul Martin. All three made it to the NHL and all three were from the small suburb about 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
The three combined have played in 1,973 NHL games and won two Stanley Cups and two NCAA national championships.
"Growing up, you wanted to be just like them, you want to play in the NHL," Prosser said.
Countless players have skated at Elk River Ice Arena and dreamed of growing up to be like the men on the billboards, but Prosser was able to make that dream come true. On March 18, 2010, he signed with the Wild as a free agent out of Colorado College. On April 5, 2010, Prosser made his NHL debut, becoming the fourth Elk River native to skate in the NHL.
"It is pretty amazing that there have been four from Elk River. It is a sort is a smal...