Having the NHL back has filled a void for many since its return, and it’s only been a little over a week since play resumed.
If you’re watching from home, having hockey on almost around the clock has made for an incredible leap back into the sport, but for those who have traveled into their respective bubbles, it had to have been a major adjustment. While teams are together and can bond like never before, being away from family, especially during the craziest run of the season, must have taken some getting used to.
Back in the early stages of training camp, the reality was already setting in for the Flyers' captain. Leading up to the return, Claude Giroux noted how he spent a significant amount of time with his son and how tough this transition could really be in the long run.
“I was home for three months and got to know him as a person, got a good connection and had a lot of fun together,” Giroux said back in late July. “We were together every day. Right now it’s tough, you want to be there to see him grow. I might miss his first birthday, so it’s really not easy.”
If the Flyers make a run into late August, that thought will become a reality, as his son Gavin's birthday falls on Aug. 26.
So, video chats and sweet messages on social media have become the new norm for communicating.
The latest being this sweet interaction between Giroux and his wife Ryanne on Twitter.
Miss them more❤️ keep working on your stickhandling buddy. https://t.co/r6cXz7ep16— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) August 11, 2020
The one pro of them actually being a part though?
“He’s going to have a chance to watch me play on TV,” Giroux said with a smile.
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