It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Patrick Eaves play a hockey game. That sucks for us, but imagine what it must be like for him. Hockey is his job, but it’s also what he loves and he’s not out there enjoying it. Worst of all, I think some people are forgetting all about Eaves. Back when so many of Detroit’s players were hurt, some people forgot to add Eaves to that list. He’s still a Wing and he’s still hurt, so how is he being forgotten?
Well, he isn’t. At least not by the fans.
Hit the jump to learn about the effort being put forth by the Wings blogosphere:
Winging it in Motown, On the Wings, The Production Line and others have put up posts asking readers to send a special message to Patrick Eaves. Then Josh Howard is going to take those comments and put them on a poster. That poster will be given to Patrick Eaves.
“I love hockey, you guys love hockey, that’s why we’re here. One of the things I love about hockey fans is the sense of community and family that brings us together. There are countless examples of the hockey community coming together for a cause, to help someone in need, or to provide support. Today we have a special opportunity to come together and show our support for one of our own. As most of you know, Patrick Eaves is currently struggling to recover from a concussion that started out as a broken jaw that resulted from taking a puck to the face on November 26th. What looked to be a painful, arduous recovery from a broken jaw, originally expected to take 6-8 weeks, has turned into a probable season ending injury. With Eaves being out of the lineup for so long, many seem to have forgotten him; but not us. Over the last couple months, I’ve been thinking a lot about Eaves and wishing there was something I could do, some way to encourage him and let him know that he’s still in our thoughts; and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Guess what? Turns out I was right! Today I’m proud to say that we have that opportunity; an opportunity to tell him that we appreciate the heart and dedication he brings to the game, and that we look forward to his full recovery and return to the Wings lineup. I’m sure he’s battling not only through the post-concussion symptoms and physical pain, but also the uncertainty, the discouragement and maybe feeling like he’s been replaced or forgotten. Well here’s our chance to let him know what he means to us and offer up our encouragement. For the details on how, I’ll throw it back to J.J.”
We’re hoping this helps lift his spirits. So use the comment section below to wish Eaves the best on his recovery, tell him how much you miss him and so on. Your comment will be copied and pasted onto the poster, so pretend that you are talking directly to Patrick Eaves.
Because you are.