O'Sullivan and the NHL dream
The Globe's Allan Maki has a great piece for Thursday's paper on Patrick O'Sullivan, the Los Angeles Kings rookie with a troubled past who was the AHL rookie of the year last season with the Houston Aeros:
The ghost of the father will always be there for O'Sullivan, whose life story has been a series of highs and blows: from his dad screaming at him at hockey games to the night his father berated him for hours then physically abused him.O'Sullivan's father had an undistinguished career in professional hockey that saw him eventually land in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League with the Winston-Salem Thunderbirds, which is where Patrick grew up and learned the game. As Maki points out in his column, the elder O'Sullivan, originally from Toronto, still lives in Winston-Salem, which is about 100 miles west of Raleigh — the home of the Carolina Hurricanes.
It was the last time John O'Sullivan would hit his son. The following day, Patrick filed assault charges and his father went to jail.
Which means, two weeks from now, John O'Sullivan is likely to be in the stands watching the son he'll likely never see otherwise play in the NHL.