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Bolt Prospect of the Week: 1-23-13

Last week the North American sports worlds biggest headlines were about a story that was fake. During the college football season, Notre Dames Manti Teo was the subject of multiple stories documenting his inspirational play in memory of his deceased girlfriend. It was a heart-wrenching story until it was proven to be false. Teo was allegedly the victim of a hoax and his girlfriend never existed beyond someones imagination.

The American sports fan was already cynical, and now their ability to engage in an emotional story will take a greater hit.

Dont let it.

Good (true) stories still exist. Take the Tampa Bay Lightning's Cory Conacher as an example.

Once upon a time, seventeen months ago in fact, Conacher was an undersized, undrafted, free agent no-name invited to participate with the Lightnings draftees in a south Florida prospects tournament.

This past Saturday, he was in the Lightnings NHL lineup for their season opener against the Washington Capitals.

In between, Conacher won an AHL scoring race, was named an AHL all-star, AHL rookie of the year, and the AHLs most valuable player. He also won a Calder Cup shortly after the ink dried on his first NHL contract.

Not too shabby.

Of course, Conacher couldnt just participate in his first NHL game and have that be enough. He assisted on a goal by his idol, Martin St. Louis, for his first NHL point, and scored his first NHL goal in the third period.

Show off.

For making the Lightning and earning a goal and an assist in his first NHL game, Conacher is our Prospect of the Week. He has since added another goal and two more assists in three total games and is tied for the NHLs rookie scoring lead with St. Louis Vladimir Tarasenko.

The best part for Lightning fans is Conachers story is far from over.

And thats the truth.


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