By Fred Wallace
When opportunity knocks, will you be ready ?
Sometimes, there's an extended wait before opportunity ever comes calling.
I've been thinking about that most of the week as it pertains to Lane MacDermid of Sauble Beach, a contributing member of the Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires.
After a year with the Owen Sound Greys in 2005/06, MacDermid was back in Junior B the following year and I thought there was no hope of him cracking the Attack forward unit.
The 4th line at the time was Thomas Stajan between future NHL'er Wayne Simmonds and Colin Hanley, maybe the best 4th line the Attack ever had.
But Simmonds was soon elevated, Stajan eventually was part of a major deal with Brampton and in late October, Hanley decided he didn't want to be a 4th liner and walked away, opening the door for MacDermid.
Through the next two years with the Attack, MacDermid had some ups, and some downs, but by the late Fall of this past season he was a player in demand, as both London and Windsor, maybe others, made pitches for a rugged performer who wasn't a liability defensively.
On December 5th the deal was made with Windsor and the rest is now OHL history.
MacDermid has the ultimate junior hockey championship trophy to his credit and likely a far brighter professional horizon than what first appeared in the Fall of 2006.
What if he saw the same image I saw with the prospects of cracking the Attack lineup, even as a 4th liner, in 2006 ?
What if he pouted ?
What if he simply quit, or stopped working, or working out ?
The point is he didn't. He likely never will.
Lane MacDermid took advantage of some breaks, but only because he was ready, and once a break or opportunity appeared, he grabbed it and never let it go, all the way to the Memorial Cup Championship.
I'm Fred Wallace