The American who will skate for South Korea in the Olympics


Mike Testwuide was in a rut. It was 2013, and Testwuide, 26, was kicking around in the minor leagues. He had signed an entry-level deal with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado College. Then-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren complimented Testwuide several times over the ensuing summer, telling the media that he thought the winger could make the team out of camp. Testwuide was among the Flyers' last cuts. So he reported to Glen Falls, N.Y., to play for the American Hockey League's Adirondack Phantoms, and stayed there for three seasons. Each offseason, his NHL dream drifted further out of reach. Then he was traded to the Calgary Flames in February 2013.
Coaches at each of his various stops decided that Testwuide's 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame was probably just that: an AHL body.
"I wasn't really enjoying the American League life," Testwuide says. "I fell into a role that I didn't really enjoy. They wanted me to fight. I wasn't having as much fun with hockey anymore."
He considered a change. His agent secured contract offers from several European leagues -- in Austria, Germany and Sweden. Testwuide saw himself going to Germany, and then a friend suggested he check out another opportunity: the Asia Hockey League.