Good morning everyone.
I'm sorry I'm not my usual self now that I've returned from summer vacation but. Yeah.
Loss is a hard thing to process, and you never know how it will affect you.
Someone passed and you've never seen them in person, had an interaction with them, but you knew them a little bit because their battle was public.
Three Maple Leafs passing have hit me hard. The first was Wade Belak. A father of young children like I was, a little older than myself, really hit me hard. Someone your own age passing affects you deeply, where you take stock and reflect on your experiences and life up to that moment.
Johnny Bower wasn't unexpected, he lived his full life and was beloved for generations, despite many fans not being alive during his career. A long time ambassador for the team, he was kind to every fan he met and everyone who crossed paths with him had a story they loved to share.
And, we have Rodian Amirov. My perspective of this comes from one of a father. My oldest is only 15, but losing someone just entering their adult life, with all of their potential ahead of them is something we never want to contemplate.
I feel proud of how the Maple Leafs organization supported him through his battles. Signing him to a contract, putting him on the bench for opening night. Medical support, emotional support, and everything you would want.
I hope everyone is doing well, and can find a way to enjoy their day today.
Do the best you can.