Nugent-Hopkins learned about overcoming adversity early in his hockey career. His slight build meant he had to work harder than the bigger kids he was playing against, including his older brother, Adam.
Nugent-Hopkins would go on to be the first-overall pick at the 2011 NHL Draft and was a ﬁnalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, for the League’s top rookie in 2011-12. In his rookie season, he finished the season tied for first in NHL rookie scoring and third in team scoring for the Oilers.
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