Branded as a sixth or seventh defenseman by the Pittsburgh Penguins and unsure if he could rise above that ceiling, Ben Lovejoy wondered if his hockey career had stalled before it had really begun.
"I would have gone to Antarctica for a fresh start," he said. "I would have done anything to start over and have a fresh set of eyes judging me and hoping that I could do more, but I didn't know."
Going to Anaheim made a trek to Antarctica unnecessary.
Lovejoy has flourished since the Ducks acquired him from the Penguins on Feb. 6, 2013 for a fifth-round draft pick and gave him the trust and playing time he craved. The 30-year-old native of Concord, N.H.,...