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Photo credit: Steve Oleksy

In 2004, after graduating from from L’Anse Creuse North High School in Macomb, Michigan, Washington Capitals defenseman Steve Oleksy seemed destined for a career in baseball.

The Chesterfield, Michigan-native played two sports all his life: hockey and baseball. During his freshman year at Macomb Community College, Oleksy played on the Monarch’s baseball team. Later, he earned a scholarship to Oakland University near Detroit. Oleksy even attended an orientation there, before that little voice inside his head nagged him that hockey was his true calling.

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