The kid they call “Binner” has made them feel like champions all over again.
Jordan Binnington’s cinderella-story reached its cinematic climax June 12 in Boston as the lanky goaltender raised the Stanley Cup high overhead.
Just eight years after he lifted the Robertson Cup with the 2010-11 Owen Sound Attack as a 17-year-old backstopping the club to the franchise’s only Ontario Hockey League championship.
“He left us on top of the world,” said Owen Sound’s long-time goaltending coach Greg Redquest.
And then he entered the world of pro hockey. The world of pecking orders, big-money decisions and cutthroat competition where big-time talents become turnstiles and temporary placeholders.
That’s exactly where Binnington found himself this past September at the St. Louis Blues training camp. A fourth-string goaltender practicing with the reserves and sent to the American Hockey League after one period of exhibition play.