Difference Maker Brent Sopel
Growing up in Saskatchewan, Canada, Brent Sopel suffered humiliation and lived through some of the worst moments of his life in the classroom when called to do something he just couldn’t do — read. But he didn’t know why. His self-esteem plummeted. The only place he felt comfortable — and accomplished — was on the ice. Sopel went on to star as a National Hockey League defenseman with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Montreal Canadians, and the Chicago Blackhawks. It was only after he hung up his skates that his life off the ice began to make sense.