Justin Abdelkader always knew he wanted to be a professional hockey player. From a very young age, he channeled all of his energy and focus towards making it to the NHL. Getting there wasn’t without its obstacles, though. It meant having to leave home to play junior hockey while he was in high school. It meant having to leave college before he was able to finish his bachelor’s degree when he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, who won the Stanley Cup the season he joined. Still, he went back to take classes in the off-season to finish his degree. Today, he’s the Red Wings’ alternate captain and in this book, shares his story as a way to show young people that perseverance and hard work do pay off — that dreams do come true.