I had a few moments of quiet reflection about what happened the night of the game last night.
But I also have to remind myself of how fortunate I am.
I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in the hospital for a ruptured appendix.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a full life outside of hockey.
When the doctors told me they were going to have to operate on me, I was very excited.
I’m not the only one, I know.
There were a lot of other guys who were injured in the game.
They came back from the hospital with severe injuries.
I saw the guys on the stretchers, and I knew that they were out there for the long haul.
The team has always been the most important part of my life, and that’s why I decided to put everything I had into this sport.
But there’s still a lot to be done.
The first step is to accept the fact that I’m the last person who deserves this.
It’s my fault that I was the one who went into the hospital, but it’s also the team’s fault that they let me get hurt.
That was the first thing I wanted to say, but the second thing I felt was a little too much.
I felt like the team was trying to make a big deal out of something that really wasn’t that big a deal.
And they were right.
The last thing you want to do is put yourself in that position.
The NHL is a big business, and a lot people get their money’s worth.
And it’s understandable why they want to see you go out and play.
But if you let them down and don’t do something about it, you’re going to be the first to be hurt and the last to get paid.
It hurts, it hurts a lot.
It was just one of those moments where I was like, ‘Hey, I’m OK.
I was lucky enough not to get hurt, but I got hurt nonetheless.’
It’s just not fair to the people who are injured.
I just want to say I’m sorry to everybody who was hurt.
The players on the team deserve better than that.
I think I said that last night, too.
There was a lot more to this game than just getting hit by a puck.
There’s so much more to the game than scoring a goal.
That’s why it was so tough to leave the game when we were down two goals.
We had two guys who scored, but they had to go back to the bench and go back in and give it back to us.
That meant so much to me and to our team.
And then, of course, there’s the emotional impact that I had to deal with.
I know there were a couple of players who were hurting, but at the end of the day, I just felt like a big, big fan.
It took a lot out of me, but there’s a lot you can do.
You can try to be better, and you can try not to let it get to you.
You just have to deal it all out.
I don’t want to take any chances.
It wasn’t an easy night to say the least.
I have a lot going on in my life right now.
I got married last month.
I’ll be getting married this month.
But this was a night I needed to be able to focus on, which is to play the game of hockey, and to be there for my family.
So I’ll just keep working hard, keep working on the rehab, keep pushing forward.
I want to thank my teammates for the way they have treated me throughout this whole process.
You guys are amazing.
You’re the best, and your teammates are the best.
So thank you.