However, I hurt myself after a couple easy miles last week. I pulled a muscle in my foot. Yeah, the most ridiculous injury I have ever suffered. In all my years playing hockey, I have never experienced a more annoying injury. It was inexplicable and became progressively uncomfortable in the first few days after I gleefully, ignorantly and tragically jogged around the neighborhood. Fortunately, this injury has been healing and the nagging pain is subsiding. I hope to get back in stride soon.
Injuries are often as inexplicable for professional athletes. It's easy to sit back as a fan and scoff at a "bruised rib" or "sore shoulder" that a player might be sidelined for. I often do this. Maybe because I assume these guys are in some awesome, supernatural shape and that they should have a higher pain tolerance. Yet, when it became my turn to try and walk around with just a sore foot, I began to remember what a real handicap a small injury is.
When Brian Rafalski sat in the press box Wednesday and talked with Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond in Calgary, I was reminded how these guys handle injuries - with professionalism. Rafalski sounded optimistic, calm yet eager to play. I don't think I would have the patience. It would be like someone taking my computer away for a couple weeks and telling me to continue to do my job - frustrating, yet I would have to handle it with a certain optimistic level of professionalism. Even the interview with Jonathan Ericsson before the game grabbed my attention. Professional hockey players are probably more injured most games than anyone will ever know.
So, naturally I feel like a little whiny jerk about my hurt foot.
Rafalski said he would return next week, possibly Monday at the earliest. Ericsson looked decent in Calgary. He was a strong force. He did not make any horrendous mistakes, at least none that I saw.