Alex Pietrangelo is one of those guys who seems invincible, confident, intelligent and talented.
That’s the impression he left when he played for Team Canada during the 2010 world junior hockey championship in Saskatchewan. He has since become one of the NHL’s best defencemen and captain of the St. Louis Blues.
Yet Pietrangelo’s story in “The Players’ Tribune” may resonate with people who don’t make millions of dollars as a professional athlete. At 11, Pietrangelo lost his best friend to cancer. The disease has affected others in his life. Alex and his wife, Jayne, lost their unborn son because of pregnancy complications.
Hockey has been his haven, the place where he can temporarily set aside the pain he feels.
There are lots of discussion about how “The Players’ Tribune” writes its stories, but Pietrangelo’s honesty shines through in this article.
He talks about the support he gets from teammates, family and friends. And simply by talking openly about his feelings will certainly help someone else.