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Kyle Drabek's rebuild starts in Sugar Land

Kyle Drabek, the former 1st round pick (18th overall) in the 2006 draft, has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League.

The son of former National League Cy Young winner and current pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A team, has bounced around for the past six years never living up to the lofty expectations a first-rounder encounters.

Ex-NHL'er Corey Hirsch is a ray of light for those in a dark place

Corey Hirsch was an NHL goalie for eight years from 1992-1993 until 2002-2003. In his first full season, he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team posting a 17-14 record with a 2.93 GAA. In all, he played in over 100 games recording 34 wins against 45 losses with a 3.13 GAA and racking up four shutouts. Hirsch helped lead Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics and was part of the bronze medal squad at the 1995 World Championships.

A top-notch career was nearly permanently derailed when he almost drove his car off a cliff in 1994. Unbeknownst to others, Hirsch was dealing with anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, while trying to maintain his position as one of the best goaltenders in the world.

This past February, Hirsch and The Player’s Tribune published his story about mental illness and his journey to where he is today. The GM’s Perspective had the opportunity to speak with him about how he made it through and how he is now an advocate to others going through the same type of struggle.

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