There was a time when Justin Peters was hoped to be Cam Ward's heir apparent with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Yes, that Cam Ward. The long time Carolina Hurricane's goalie. The Stanley Cup winning goalie in 2006 and star of Canada's 2007 gold medal winning World Championship team.
Back then if you told Hurricanes fans that Peters would be representing Canada at the Olympics you would have been pretty stoked.
And Peters is representing Canada at the 2018 Olympics. And you might be pretty stoked about that. But most of us are still a little underwhelmed with the NHL-less Olympics and a Team Canada filled with cast offs.
Ultimately that is what became of Justin Peters. Ward still takes the big workload in Carolina all these years later. Peters left in 2014, joining Washington briefly. He would soon disappear to the minor leagues and then to Europe. Two years ago he played in Riga, Latvia. This season he is playing in Germany for Kolner Haie.
But he has played well enough to join Ben Scrivens and Kevin Poulin as the three goalies for Team Canada at 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
"It's a dream come true," he says.