William Pelletier's rise to professional hockey is not your typical journey, but as the 13 Sports Authoirty learned, the newest Rockford IceHog has made a smooth transition.
"I had to work a lot harder than some guys that have been drafted."
And it's paying off for William Pelletier, whose road to Rockford was a whirlwind.
"We just won the national championship with Norwich," Pelletier said. "A week later I'm here with Rockford. It's amazing."
"It's a great story," says Rockford head coach Ted Dent. "He's a 24-year old Division III hockey player, undrafted, that came here under the assumption he'd practice. We didn't guarantee he'd play in a game, but after I saw him in the first practice, he's good to go, he can play."
"I can contribute to the team's success, it's an amazing feeling."
It's been an instant impact - in his second professional game, Pelletier piled up four points against Grand Rapids to start the month of April. The diminutive speed demon credits his game to a Stanley Cup champion.
"Back in the day, I think one of my favorite players was Martin St. Louis," said Pelletier. "Like me, he's not a big guy and he can skate. I used to look at him as a role model."
William Pelletier's first taste of pro hockey has been a success, with six more games in Rockford's regular season to cement a strong first impression.