Whatever else Tim Jackman could do with his life outside of hockey is anyone's guess.
At 6 feet 2, 225 pounds, the native North Dakotan has the strength and demeanor to handle any number of tasks in the upper Midwest.
Think small-town sheriff, a rancher riding horseback over a couple hundred acres, or a bar bouncer.
But those alternatives pale in comparison to Jackman's interest in remaining an NHL player, and so in 2004, when he played just 19 games with Columbus and felt vulnerable to a demotion to another career, Jackman made a key decision.
"Columbus wanted me to fight and I wasn't fighting — never had. In college, I'd just stand there. I was scared,"...