The leg injury Stephane Robidas suffered in Game 3 in Dallas was heartbreaking for him and so many people rooting for him, especially considering how he fought back from fracturing that same leg back in November.
Robidas himself broke down a little bit
while talking to reporters about it on Wednesday night.
Just today, we got an email through Contact Us on the Ducks website from someone named Jonathan Soloman, which we will pass on to Robidas. Here it is:
My name is Jonathan. I am an Irish Hockey player and a huge Ducks fan. I am just finishing up studying in Canada and am extremely happy to be watching the Ducks games at a reasonable time, instead of 3am.
I watched the game on Monday night and like most of the Anaheim Ducks Fan base, I was extremely disappointed to see you get hurt. You've made a huge impact on the team since you arrived at trade deadline. Even from afar it is clear that you bring a hugely veteran presence to the team and it is evident how much effort you put in each night. That is the true measure of leadership!
I find myself writing you this message after seeing your interview about your injury and I wanted to let you know that you have the entire fan-base's support. (In fact from the reaction of everyone in Dallas, you clearly have all of their support as well). Your interview was very human and true. I want you to know that we all believe in you! To come back from a broken leg once is inspirational and you have truly inspired me!
I broke my leg during the opening game of my season last year and spent all year trying to get fit in time for the Championship game. I did, but I could not get my fitness levels high enough to play the minutes I wanted to and we lost 8-2 to a very strong Cambridge University varsity team. By no means is my experience anywhere near as difficult as yours, but I want you to know that you've given me the strength to hit this off-season hard so that I can go back to the UK next year and try to win that game. Thank you!
I truly believe that you are more than strong enough to come back from this latest injury and to come back next season and have a huge year. Over the past few months you have taught me about the importance of perseverance, and I hope that this message finds it way to you and that it gives you strength in your recovery. I was told once that you have to rise up and attack everyday with enthusiasm - I try to live my life by this motto and I has given me lots of strength when I have needed it. I hope it offers you even the slightest bit of solace.
You are an inspiration to so many. Coming back from one broken leg offered you the chance to do something great, coming back a second time offers you the chance to do something incredible! You are a fantastic player and I believe that you can get back and have a really shot at a Cup! Go out and attack it!
Thank you for your inspiration!