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Dealing With Mental Health Issues In The NHL

01/24/2023 at 7:23pm EST

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ethan Bear missed a National Hockey League game on Saturday night because his dog died. The next day his wife delivered their first baby, an emotional weekend that was expected to see him miss a second game Tuesday night.

If he were a fan, and he simply chose to stay home and mourn the passing of his pup, most everyone would understand. If that fan took a day off of work, would anyone bat an eye?

That Bear is a defenceman on the Vancouver Canucks however, caused some — not all, but some — to question his commitment.

It’s to be expected, frankly. In a sport where players were once made to attend a team practice ahead of the birth of a child, taking a game off after the death of a pet is quite a change indeed.

Or is there another word for it?

Progress…?

“Some people would be completely fine. Sad and upset, but it wouldn’t affect their day-to-day life,” said Oilers winger Zach Hyman, whose family dog is a Husky named Lady. “And for some people, it would absolutely crush them. They wouldn't be able to get out of bed.

“You can't judge somebody on how they feel. It's an individual question.”

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