An article of mine, "No One Loves Hockey Quite Like ECHL's Eldest Statesman David Ling," was recently published by the folks at Vice Sports. Ling, the story's focal point, is currently playing in his 22nd year as a professional hockey player. In North America he's played in the NHL, the AHL, and the old IHL; overseas he has played in the KHL and the old Russian Super League, as well as in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, and Finland.
I first saw Ling play as a 14 year old with the Charlottetown Abbies, the local junior A squad. There was some definite talent on that squad, as it also included his brother Jamie (16 years old) and Jason MacDonald (15 years old).
The brothers Ling and MacDonald took circuitous routes with their hockey careers. Jamie Ling played for Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, before spending four years with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Undrafted, he went on to enjoy a seven year professional career, primarily in the ECHL, but with stints in the AHL and IHL. Jason MacDonald played four years in the OHL, putting up 116 points in his final season with the Owen Sound Platers. A draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, he spent the lion's share of the next thirteen years playing in the AHL, although he did earn a four game stint with the New York Rangers during the 2003-2004 season. And David Ling, as my article notes, played four years in the OHL, was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques, and embarked upon a pro career that is still ongoing. Over the course of their careers, the three former Abbies would cross paths as teammates in such locales as St. John's, Newfoundland and Kansas City, Missouri.
I mention this now because I think that it is pretty interesting, and I wasn't able to fit it into the article I wrote. That's journalism.