David Glen admitted he was hurting a bit, along with the rest of his teammates.
It wasn’t the freshman forward’s play he was talking about, or the way he was physically feeling. It was because he wasn’t able to watch professional hockey.
After a long time waiting, the Edmonton Oilers fan saw an end to it Sunday morning when the National Hockey League’s lockout ended.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit,” Glen said.
Taylor Holstrom was also happy to have something to do during the week.
“I mean, what else do you do on your weekday nights when you’re just sitting on the couch? I’m happy about it,” he said.
Coach Guy Gadowsky repeated the word “love” a few times.
“I love coming home and watching highlights,” Gadowsky said. “I love if there’s a game on. I love being able to watch even twenty minutes of it. I love it. My boys love it. They asked me the other day when we can start watching hockey again.”
He added that just because there was a NHL lockout, he doesn’t think that it brought more interest to Penn State hockey. He said it was at a high level to begin with.
Max Gardiner, who was selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues, said the lockout didn’t affect him or his contact with the Blues.
“My focus is here at Penn State and helping out the team and becoming a better player here,” Gardiner said. “For me, it didn’t have a big effect except for watching the games, of course.”
Gardiner, whose brother Jake plays in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, said he’s also excited to watch him play again.
Now that the lockout is over, it’s rumored that the Philadelphia Flyers might have a home game Jan. 19 before the Nittany Lions play in the Philadelphia College Hockey Faceoff against Vermont.
Gadowsky said he didn’t know if it was true, but joked and said, “it’s not a bad warm-up game” for the team.