When unprecedented becomes normal: How hockey has changed in the time of COVID

One year ago today, it all fell apart.
This past week has been about remembering everyone’s last normal week before the pandemic started, which was just over 365 days go. It’s been tough financially, tough on everyone’s mental health, and most of all, incredibly tough if you’ve lost a family member due to the Coronavirus. To say the least, this year has sucked. A lot.
One day after the NBA suspended their season due to COVID-19 last year, the AHL and NHL did the same. It was a difficult decision due to the uncertainty of when everything would go back to normal. Some said weeks, some said months. And after one year, there seems to be a subtle end in sight.
I can remember when it all happened. It was one of those moments where you have memory of where you were and what you were doing. But looking back on it, what do you remember?
For myself, this time last year I denied getting into the app TikTok saying “there’s too many young people on it.” I was 22 at the time. Little did I know that it would be the app that brought the most …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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