Top Hockey Prospect Is Reportedly So Addicted To Video Games He Might Never Make It To The NHL

by 11 months ago
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During a recent taping of the Sportsnet podcast 31 Thoughts, hockey analyst Jeff Marek discussed how one of the top NHL prospects might never make it to the NHL because he’s struggling with video game addition on a level that’s completely derailing his career. The player reportedly stays up all night gaming instead of sleeping and then he’s dragging ass on the ice during practice.

He didn’t name names, but it’s a recent first-round NHL draft pick. This quote comes from Deadspin which pulled it from the podcast around the 22:15 mark of the podcast:

“On video games – and I’m not going to say the player’s name. I really doubt he’s going to make it to the NHL, and it’s because of a video game addiction, to the point where his junior general manager told me that they’ve had him go to counseling over it, because he’ll play until all hours of the night and into the morning and then he’ll have no energy the next day. Like, he’ll be a write-off. And it is that bad. He has this compulsion for playing video games until all hours. I swore that I wouldn’t say the player’s name, but it’s unfortunate. He’s a recent first-round draft pick for a very, very prominent NHL team, will probably never play in the NHL because of a video game addiction.”
Marek goes on to say that his information is between six months and a year old, and he adds, “This guy is a good player and was a high pick … but there’s a good chance he’s not going to make it to the NHL and his general manager said, ‘Yeah, the video game addiction is bad. It’s bad with this kid.’”(via)

You hear that? Fortnite will ruin your lives, kids.

I’m assuming that whichever team drafted him in the first round has already made this player pretty rich, and invested considerable resources into developing him as a player. Seems like it’s time to get a life coach in there asap before the wheels completely come off.

(h/t Deadspin)

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