Boston Bruins fans aren’t the only ones missing the roar and buzz of a packed house watching a sporting event due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It’s the players that feed off that energy missing it all too. Many NHL players that participated in the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles talked openly about how eerily quiet the games were and how much more challenging it was to summon up energy without the frantic crowds, particularly during Stanley Cup playoff games when the atmosphere is usually super-charged.
Boston Bruins sniper David Pastrnak took to Instagram this week to lament the loss of crazed Bruins fans in the TD Garden stands, and the 24-year-old is far from alone in that category.
For Pastrnak and everybody else, it surely goes beyond simply his own sport. It’s missing the packed crowds at soccer games, NFL games like in New England where there will be no fans at Gillette Stadium for the rest of the season and just about everything else in between. It may be that way to start the NHL season as well with regional bubbles being discussed with the hope they can eventually open up to fans in each of the 31 NHL arenas by the end of the regular season, or the playoffs.
Hopefully that will change with the advent of a COVID-19 vaccine at some point. But for now, Pastrnak will just have to take solace in being named the second-best winger in all of the NHL right now, according to the NHL Network.
There have been multiple news reports in the last 48 hours that the planning for the 2021 NHL regular season is about to kick into full steam ahead and that by January 15 at the latest, we could see live NHL hockey again. We all continue to “miss the crowds at the stadiums” just like Pastrnak, who loves that energy as much as anybody in a Boston Bruins uniform these days. We all feel your pain on that one, Pasta, and hope it changes for the better soon.