Cheechoo's story starts long before Thornton

Updated: March 27, 2006, 10:51 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

They say it takes a village to raise a child. But what does it take to raise an NHL star?

The unflinching love of parents? Sure.

The relentless determination of the player himself? Absolutely.

But, sometimes, the long journey between what is imagined and what becomes reality requires more. Sometimes, such a journey requires a village.

And if it seems like Jonathan Cheechoo, the goal-scoring machine for the San Jose Sharks, has simply fallen to earth ...

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