As you drive towards the border-town of Sarnia, Ontario you will begin to hear several strange noises. First, Sarnia is the largest city on the shores of Lake Huron and its home to numerous refinery plants lining "Chemical Valley" rumbling throughout the day and night to produce the oil our world craves.
Secondly and more recently, ever since 2010 Sarnia has acclimated itself to a new sound buzzing throughout the streets as a new "big wig" came to town. On June 29th, 2010 the Sarnia Sting organization used their 2nd overall pick in the 2010 CHL Import Draft to select Russian sniper Nail Yakupov after the WHL's Prince George Cougars used the first overall selection to nab Slovakian defenseman Martin Marincin . From the moment Yakupov scored his first OHL goal and then proceeded to celebrate by jumping into the end boards he won over the fans of Sarnia. "Yakupov"- a name foreign to most casual North American hockey fans at the time he was drafted into the OHL has quickly become a term scattered throughout social media and the world of hockey. Recently, Yakupov has more than Sarnia Sting fans buzzing as tweeters can often be found signing their favourite NHL team up in the #Fail4Nail campaign in anticipation of the his arrival to the NHL. But, hold up! There is another potential hockey star residing in Sarnia and he deserves some of the spotlight as well.
The Dean's List series actually debuted on the front pages of Dobber Hockey with an article dedicated to the talented Russian about a year ago titled Nail Breaking Through. However, it may surprise some people that The Dean's List has as much praise (or more) for the player who was selected 1st overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection draft two months prior to Yakupov becoming Sarnia Sting property – Alex Galchenyuk.
Living in close proximity to Sarnia, TDL has had the privilege of following and scouting Alex Galchenyuk for an entire season before he experience thedevastating knee injury in a 2011-12 pre-season game that would leave him sidelined for most of this season. Alex Galchenyuk (or @AGally94<