For many people, the defining moments in their lives don’t come when they achieve the goals they set for themselves, but rather how they react to a seemingly insurmountable obstacle that gets put in their way.
For Derian Plouffe, a promising 22 year-old hockey prospect born in Shawville, one defining moment came in late November of last year.
Plouffe was practicing with his team, the Niagara Purple Eagles, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 squad, when the unthinkable happened.
During a two-on-two drill, Plouffe was in front of the net when he passed the puck to his teammate, Tanner Lomsnes. Lomsnes fired a shot, which deflected off a defender’s stick and struck Plouffe in the side of the head, knocking him unconscious.
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