Cory Conacher was diagnosed with type one diabetes at age 8. It has been a part of his life almost as long as hockey has.
Before turning pro, Cory Conacher played four years with Canisius College in the top division of the NCAA. Conacher became the top scorer in the school's history, racking up 147 points and 63 goals in 129 games.
Although Conacher was not drafted by an NHL team, he earned AHL tryouts with three different teams in 2011, eventually signing with the Tampa Bay Lighting's minor league team, the Norfolk Admirals.
With Conacher leading the way, the Admirals won the 2012 Calder Cup. The next NHL season started with a lockout, but as soon as the season started, Conacher was part of the Lightning. In his rookie year, Conacher scored 29 points in 47 games and finished sixth in rookie of the year voting.
Cory has not only had to overcome diabetes, but also his relatively small size, in order to make the NHL. At 5'8", he is smaller than most NHLers, but he hasn't let that, or his diabetes stop him from achieving his goals.