Everyone should take a deep breath and thank the lords that Connor McDavid is even playing hockey right now.
Because days before a documentary is released detailing his recovery from a knee injury suffered last spring, details are pouring out about just how serious his injury was.
The above video details some of what McDavid went through, but a Tuesday afternoon tweet from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug digs even deeper.
By the sounds of it, this was an injury that potentially threatened McDavid’s career as an NHL player. So the fact he’s even playing despite nearly missing the entire season due to a surgery is incredible.
And that’s not even taking into account that McDavid is leading the league in scoring is remarkable.
All we had known was that he had suffered a PCL tear to his knee on April 6th, and that surgery wouldn’t be required. Little did we know he surely needed it at the time, and it’s nearly unbelievable that he was able to play day one.
McDavid and his doctors had outlined a rehab schedule throughout the summer and the goal all along was for him to be ready for NHL training camp. He met that goal, and is continuing to shatter expectations scoring at a 127 point pace — a career-high for the superstar.
McDavid himself has been quiet about the injury when asked by the media and when he didn’t skate at the BioSteel camp this summer, more questions arose than we had answers to.
The fact he and his trainers were able to turn a potentially year-long recovery with surgery that would’ve had long term ramifications on his game into a six-month recovery that has him looking like his old self is unreal.
Connor McDavid truly is superhuman and I, for one, cannot wait to watch the documentary Friday night.
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