Forward Jonathan Drouin opened up for the first time about his reasons for taking a surprise “break” from professional hockey last spring, in separate interviews broadcast Monday on RDS and TVA Sports.
Drouin, who is 26, has revealed he suffered from anxiety disorders and insomnia during the Canadiens’ 2020-21 season. Problems that he has been dragging for years, said the main person concerned.
These would have peaked during the warm-up period for the April 23 game against the Flames in Calgary, said Drouin. The television had caught him then, livid, suddenly putting an end to his warm-up to go to the locker room.
He has not appeared in an NHL game since, despite the Canadiens continuing their journey to the Stanley Cup Final – which ended in five games losing to the Lightning de. Tampa Bay.
Meanwhile, the Quebecer has recovered his mental health and even skated last week with his teammates at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, on the sidelines of the team’s rookie camp.
The Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts striker should therefore participate in the CH camp, which will officially start on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the traditional Habs golf tournament, which usually kicks off the club’s camp, will take place on Tuesday, but no player, coach or executive will be in attendance due to health protocols established by the NHL.