Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons was back in town on Monday and skated with some of his teammates at Harborcenter.
Girgensons suffered a bad injury during a training camp scrimmage last January and had to have season-ending hamstring surgery. Girgensons is an intense competitor and was devastated by the injury.
“It was not an easy thing mentally, but what I took out of the injury is I have more of an appreciation for hockey," Girgensons said following the skate. "I had never missed that long of a period, and I really did miss hockey. So that made me work harder, and my excitement for camp this year is just way higher than it’s been before.”
Girgensons has a certain intensity with how he approaches hockey, and he said not being able to help the team last year killed him.
“Either way, if they’re winning or they’re losing, if I’m not out there, it’s not a good feeling," Girgensons said. "You always want to be out there to help the team, whether it would be winning or losing. You want to be out there, so to have to watch a whole season was difficult not to be out there.”