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Andrew Shaw has made a long climb from a 19th round National Hockey League (NHL) draft choice to a member of the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. He says his dedication to the grueling hard work that helped him move from the junior league level Ontario Hockey League to the NHL can be found in a faded wristband he dons before every game.

The white lettering stamped on it is worn, but Shaw wears it every day and it's symbolic of his hockey career. It says: "Ironworkers Local 721," and was given to him by a good friend in Toronto who was a member of that local union back when Shaw played for the Owen Sound Attack and won the 2010–2011 Ontario Hockey League championship.

It's a reminder, he says, of how he got to where he's at, with a stall in the Blackhawks' locker room located next to star right wing Patrick Kane.

I've just worn it ever since then. I just always wear it.

Read his full story at the Blackhawks website.  

Looks like Shaw and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper share an Ironworkers connection. Check this out.

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