Alexandre Daigle was so highly touted going into the 1993 NHL Draft, that the Ottawa Senators were accused of purposely tanking games to secure the first overall selection.
Selected ahead of Chris Pronger (second), Paul Kariya (fourth) and Rob Niedermayer (fifth), Daigle was named the face of the Senators' franchise before even lacing up his skates.
However, despite receiving the largest starting salary in NHL history–five years, $12.5 million Daigle quickly began to disappoint.
A lack of on ice production, coupled with an active celebrity nightlife, quickly raised questions in Ottawa as to his effort and commitment.
Thoroughly out produced by teammates Alexei Yashin and Daniel Alfredsson, Daigle seemed determined to alienate Senators fans when he dressed up as a nurse for a Score hockey cards advertisement.
After four and a half disappointing years with the club, Daigle was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers having managed only two 20 goal seasons and 172 points in Ottawa.
The Flyers traded him to the Oilers who traded him to the Lightning who traded him to the Rangers who put him on waivers in 2000.
By age 25, the “can’t miss star” of the 1993 Draft was out of hockey all together.
After revealing in a radio interview that he never wanted to play hockey to begin with, Daigle moved to Hollywood where he started his own promotion company and played beer-league hockey with Cuba Gooding Jr.
In 2002, he abruptly returned to the NHL signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Released after one year, Daigle joined the Minnesota Wild where he led the team in scoring in 2003/04 and was the club’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
By 2006, the “next Mario Lemieux” was once again without a team, and he left for Europe having finished his NHL career with 327 points in 616 games.