When you get to chat with other people about the National Hockey League, there is always one person that will complain about the lengthy calendar and how teams are still playing in the middle of June when everyone else is always flipping burgers on their barbecues. The second round is getting ready to start tomorrow night, and while some ordinary NHL fans might already be tired with the heavy schedule of games, it does not compare to the level of fatigue that is being felt by the actual players.
On Tuesday, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jake Voracek revealed that he will not be taking part in the 2018 World Hockey Championship because of extreme fatigue, according to the website Swiss Habs. Recently, several NHL players have declined invitations from their home country to participate in at the 2018 World Hockey Championship because of extreme fatigue becoming an issue.
Just yesterday, it was confirmed that New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall will not be joining Team Canada at the Worlds, announcing on Tuesday that he has declined an invitation from Hockey Canada. For the first time in his career, Hall made it to the post season after he had a career year in 2017-18, his second as a member of the Devils. The 26-year-old scored 39 goals and added 54 assists, both high water marks for the 2010 first overall pick. He played a total of 76 games this year, and took part in five intense playoff contests against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The NHL and different hockey associations are asking a lot of their players throughout the entire year, that now, it has been reported that it is more common for players to suffer from extreme fatigue once the season is over. While fans always admire NHLers for playing battered and bruised for lengthy stretches, sometimes the players need a break.
Hall and Voracek are not the only NHL players to have declined an invitation to play in other competitions during the summer. After all, fans would have a much bigger problem if an NHL player could not be ready in time for the following season if he didn’t take the time to recuperate during the summer and get ready for action for October.