VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 22: Chris Wagner #14 of the Boston Bruins throughout NHL motion towards the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Enviornment on February 22, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photograph by Wealthy Lam/Getty Photographs)
Regardless of your occupation, the coronavirus pandemic and an prolonged lockdown put a highlight on psychological well being points.
One participant who’s been trustworthy about these points: Bruins winger Chris Wagner. And that continued in his 2021 exit assembly.
“I imply, for me personally, I undoubtedly handled anxiousness that I’ve by no means handled in my life,” Wagner admitted. “However then speaking to guys, you notice that lots of people are going by way of that. I imply, the entire world is, realistically, with COVID and stuff.”
Once more, this isn’t the primary time that Wagner has talked about his off-ice battles this season.
It was earlier this 12 months that Wagner famous that the grind of this season, with gamers unable to dwell their life on the highway and with it basically being all hockey on a regular basis, left gamers to examine in on each other to verify they knew they weren’t alone. Wagner additionally admitted that he deleted all of the social media apps off his cellphone as a result of they have been “unhealthy for the mind.”
It probably didn’t assist that Wagner struggled on the ice this season, with simply two targets and 5 factors in 41 video games, together with a minus-9 ranking (second-worst on the Bruins and the second-worst mark of Wagner’s NHL profession).
There was little reduction to be discovered, and it by no means helps if you’re the native participant struggling to search out your sport in your individual yard and with everyone you realize watching intently.
“You’ll in all probability hear about it just a little extra right here,” the Walpole, Mass. native admitted. “I don’t often get folks at Dunkin’ Donuts coming as much as me and telling me I suck, or we suck. I solely hearken to the radio for a pair laughs right here and there. I nonetheless assume there’s extra strain being from right here and being round individuals who need to discuss it if you in all probability don’t generally, however that’s what we join and also you simply need to cope with it.”
However there’s little question that Wagner (and the remainder of his B’s teammates) definitely felt a bit nearer to regular as soon as the TD Backyard reopened its door at close to full capability.
“Having followers again within the constructing, it made such a giant distinction, I believed, for everyone mentally,” stated Wagner. “It makes it extra enjoyable to have that buzz across the metropolis. I missed it a lot. It undoubtedly gave me an excellent style and I can’t look ahead to subsequent 12 months to be regular.”
Wagner is coming into the second 12 months of a three-year, $4.05 million extension signed in 2019 subsequent 12 months.
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