The team's top defenseman was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The opportunity for St. Louis Blues defenceman Colton Parayko to be mentored by Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Robinson this season has been the chance of a lifetime.
"I don’t know if there was a day we didn’t think he would make it. He approached everything the right way and treated people the right way,” says Lance West, University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Nanooks head bench boss.
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