Former NHL goaltender Corey Hirsch thought he had it made. After a successful pro-career that spanned more than a decade, Hirsch began working as a goalie coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs and then with the St. Louis Blues.

Then he got fired and suddenly found himself with nothing. That’s when an email from the NHL Alumni Association directed him to the NHL Breakaway program. A few months later, by November 2014, he was at Ryerson taking a seminar on sports media.

Now he’s a frequent contributor to Sportsnet’s NHL broadcasts.

“It’s amazing how when I got fired, (I was) thinking it was the worst thing that was ever going to happen,” he said. “It (ended) up being the best thing.”

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