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04-06-2009, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by jackofhearts View Post
I know Hartnell's the type of guy who will play through pain, so I don't mean to question his beast-ness by asking this, but is pink eye really severe enough to make a player miss practice? I had pink eye a few weeks ago. It was itchy and annoying and nasty, but it didn't stop me from doing anything at all. It's also not nearly as contagious as most people think. My girlfriend never got it when I had it, and I slept next to her every night.

When I played hockey in high school, I played a game once when I had a fever. It was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life, but I don't think I played too much worse (not that I was very good to begin with). I realize that high school hockey is far different from the NHL, but it still doesn't seem like pink eye should be so incapacitating.
Missing a practice at this point in the season is no cause for alarm. I don't think it is Hartnell who would not practice, he was probably asked by the team to stay home. I think he's tough as nails.

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