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Lightning Round: Gemel Smith opens up about his depression

The Lightning defeated the Anaheim Ducks last night.

Florida Panthers v Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bell Let’s Talk Day happened three days ago on Wednesday, but I think it’s not late to talk about it today. Mental health problems have always been stigmatized by people and it’s even more visibly in such conservative environments as sport and particularly ice hockey. The more you discuss it, the more it helps people affected by this problem.

Last summer the Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Gemel Smith to a one-year two-way contract. Last autumn he opened up for the first time to the Athletic’s Joe Smith and revealed difficulties he faced before in his career. In this article Gemel Smith talked about tough moments in his life, which occurred after being placed on waivers twice in two weeks and joining the Boston Bruins’ affiliate in Providence. He also told that one of the biggest roles in his recovering was played the Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who noticed that there was something going on with Smith and advised him to see psychologist.

This week TSN published a short film in which Gemel Smith, his father, Patrice Bergeron and Smith’s teammate Cory Conacher speak about this situation.

Smith started the season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he played three games and scored a goal in his second game against the Florida Panthers. Since reassignment to the Syracuse Crunch, Gemel Smith has been an important part of the team. In 38 games he scored 32 times, including 17 goals, setting a new career high in the AHL.

Lightning Org News

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Anaheim Ducks in the second game in California last night. Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his 150th career win in the NHL

Daniel Walcott scored twice but the Syracuse Crunch still fell to the Rochester Americans.

The Orlando Solar Bears have also lost their game on a Friday night, they were defeated by the Wheeling Nailers 2-3. Alexei Lipanov and Trevor Olson scored goals for the Solar Bears.

Other Hockey News

Alex Ovechkin scored 695th career goal, surpassing Mark Messier for the 8th most goals in the NHL history. It was already 11th goal in five latest games, Ovechkin has also tied David Pastrnak for the most goals in the 2019-20 season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins players supported Oscar Lindblom, who is currently fighting Ewing’s sarcoma, by wearing Oskar Strong shirts prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers.