I look back on older hockey cards and I see faces and names that have been long forgotten. Professional hockey is a business, only a handful of players ever really get to stick with the NHL and make a good living. There are countless others toiling about in the minors, or playing overseas.
Names like Michael Wall, Geoff Platt, Michael Zigomanis and countless others who are plying their craft in a different league or have stopped playing altogether. I hope they can look back on their hockey cards and smile that they are forever immortalized on cardboard. I guess in professional sport, getting your own rookie card is your 5 seconds of fame.
I wish all of those who have tried to make the NHL the best of luck in their future careers. I am sure they will carry their competitive spirits into the working world outside of hockey.