- Sep 9, 2015
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Incoming Gophers freshman Chaz Lucius is the highest-ranked Minnesotan in this week's draft despite getting hurt and playing only for a small part of last season.
Tears filled Tami Lucius' eyes.
She was in the stands of USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., last February to watch her son Chaz play his first game of the season with the U.S. National Under-18 team.
He had been sidelined with an injury, going from a wheelchair to crutches during a months-long recovery that forced him to relearn how to walk.
Over time, this comeback led Lucius back on the ice and to the sport he cherished.
And when he scored in his return to action — the first of two goals on two shots — Tami welled up.
"He never let the injury shake him," Tami said, "and he knew he was going to come back even stronger and better than before."
Lucius is the top-ranked Minnesotan in this year's NHL draft and a projected first-round pick despite getting hurt and playing only a fraction of the season.
But instead of this setback being a roadblock for the Gophers commit, the adversity was the gateway to the next chapter of Lucius' already-unique journey through hockey.