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Todd Bertuzzi On His Mental Struggles

from Megan Stewart at Sportsnet,

Todd Bertuzzi was sitting with teammates in a popular Vancouver restaurant mere minutes before he passed out in a hotel lobby.

“I remember sitting at the Cactus Club and, all of a sudden, I started getting the sweats really, really bad. All of a sudden, my heart started going like crazy and I wasn’t sure what was going on. I kind of got scared,” he said today about his final playing days in 2013-14.

He’d managed to call his trainers for help. And then medical staff from the Vancouver Canucks came to the aid of the visiting Detroit Red Wings winger. It was the veteran power forward’s last season in the NHL on what would be his last trip as an active skater to the city where he’d played eight seasons and also where he’d faced criminal charges for a violent on-ice incident 10 seasons earlier.


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Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

The good that could come from Bert doing this interview may benefit so many people. It took a lot of guts to tell his story.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/31/18 at 05:51 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I don’t believe I knew about this…or if I did I definitely forgot, though I’m not sure how I would not have remembered.

Todd was always so quiet - someone who really intrigued me and someone who had some MASSIVE ups and downs in his career.  This sort of ties some things together for me and it makes more sense. 

Major props to him for talking about it publicly and for reaching out to people as he says he does.  You never know how many lives you can spare or how much you can help with the small stuff.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/31/18 at 06:13 PM ET

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