Happy almost 2021, friends! Hopefully the upcoming year treats us all better than this year did. At least we know hockey is starting up soon!
If you didn’t get the chance, check out our special edition Leafs’ holiday post round-up from Saturday.
There was lots of holiday cheer going around, and we captured as much of it as we could find in that post!
Now, onto the happenings of the last week:
We begin, always, with our own boys in blue. Aside from their holiday posts, they were fairly quiet this past week. Except, that is, for Auston Matthews:
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) December 28, 2020
That’s right. Our very own AM34 hung out with GQ Magazine, talking about things like deodorant and body pillows. Enjoy!
Focusing on their Health
As we all know by now, Henrik Lundqvist is sitting out this season after discovering a heart issue. This week, he shared that he will be undergoing open heart surgery shortly:
— Henrik Lundqvist (@hlundqvist35) December 28, 2020
We’re sending our VERY best wishes for health and healing to Hank.
Another familiar name announced this week that he won’t be at camp, and likely won’t be playing for a while, due to a health issue. From Jonathan Toews:
Statements from Jonathan Toews and Stan Bowman. Pretty alarming stuff for Toews. pic.twitter.com/sCBf1tKvtg
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 29, 2020
And finally, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be without Nikita Kucherov to start the season, as well:
GM Julien BriseBois on Nikita Kucherov during today’s availability: “Unfortunately, [he] has a hip injury that will require surgery…. that means he will not be available to play this upcoming regular season.”
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) December 23, 2020
Though we wholeheartedly wish that none of these players had to face these challenges, we commend them for putting their health first and taking the time they need to understand and overcome whatever they’re battling. We hope to see them all well, and if they choose, back on the ice soon.
Oh Captain My Captain
Following former captain Alex Pietrangelo signing with the Golden Knights, The St. Louis Blues had a vacancy on top. And it has now been filled:
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 23, 2020
Congrats to new captain Ryan O’Reilly. Best of luck!
The End of an Era:
PK Subban and former fiancee Lindsey Vonn announced last night that they have ended their 3-year relationship, deciding to “move forward separately.”
PK Subban and Lindsey Vonn split up after three-year relationship, engagement https://t.co/wN1GB2FWuP
— CTV Montreal (@CTVMontreal) December 30, 2020
Many hockey fans are upset by the news:
I am more upset about the PK Subban-Lindsey Vonn break up than any of my own breakups
— Crystal (@cborbz) December 29, 2020
We hope they both find happiness heading into the new year.
That’s all for us this week, and for 2020! Thanks for following along with this fun little column the past few months. Looking forward to what 2021 brings us around the hockey world. Happy New Year!