Dany Heatley sat in the next stall, eavesdropping on Devin Setoguchi’s story.
As his former San Jose Sharks and current Wild teammate showed off the scar, Heatley grimaced.
“That’s when he figured it was waaaaaay easier to score goals,” Heatley said.
He chuckled, but he wasn’t kidding.
Setoguchi easily could have become a potato farmer in Taber, Alberta, like his father. But when Devin was 10, he sliced off the top of his left index finger on a conveyer.
“That kind of turned him off a bit,” said Dale Setoguchi, more than a decade after his son’s freak accident. “He kind of got gun-shy being around the farm after that. He was always thinking in his mind he didn’t want to be a farmer.
“It worked out pretty good for him because I don’t think I wanted to see him back here either,” Dale said and laughed. “He probably wasn’t cut out for it.”
All turned out well for Devin Setoguchi.
He is 24 and making millions as one of the NHL’s rising young goal-scorers. After beginning his career in San Jose, where he gained immediate success by scoring 31 goals during his first full season, Setoguchi has arrived in Minnesota, where a larger role and greater ice time seem certain