Shayne Gostisbehere on Wednesday penned a beautifully-written piece on The Players' Tribune crediting his sister, Felicia Gostisbehere, for pushing him to be an NHL player.
Gostisbehere also touched on his love of the Florida Panthers growing up, how Pavel Bure inspired him as a kid and how hockey in Florida was never the same after Bure left. He wrote about being drafted by the Flyers, falling in love with Philly fans, the rookie season that captured the city and the three overtime game-winners in his first NHL season.
"My exact reaction was, What the f*** is happening right now?" Gostisbehere wrote of when he saw an electronic billboard Walt Whitman Bridge.
As jaw-dropping as his rookie season was, his sophomore campaign with the Flyers was a fall back to earth. Gostisbehere underwent hip surgery and faced adversity throughout, including three healthy scratches.
"I know people made a lot of me being a healthy scratch last year," Gostisbehere wrote. "It was tough to deal with, yes, but I understood it."
Gostisbehere wrote he's happy he went through the up-and-down season in 2016-17. He feels it made him a better hockey player, but there was one thing he did away with: one of the applications you're probably reading this on.
I won’t lie, though. I had to delete Twitter off my phone. During my rookie season, I loved scrolling through my mentions and interacting with fans, but when it wasn’t going well it was hard. You can only read “you’re a one-hit wonder” so many times before you go crazy.
Don't worry, Gostisbehere is still on Twitter. You can follow him @s_ghost14. Last week, he also created The GhostBear Foundation, an organization that "supports ill and disabled children, as well as at-risk or endangered animals."
To read Gostisbehere's full piece, click here. It's well worth the time.