NY Devils ex-winger David Clarkson ploughs on through injury and trade
To start things off Clarkson had to serve a 10 game suspension by the NHL as he came off the bench. Then he sustained injuries to his foot and elbow and after that suspension struck again.
Clarkson was clearly frustrated by the chain of events and said that he didn’t know where to begin with about all of that. He said that every 4 or 5 games later he would find himself facing one problem or the other and those continuous hurdles really broke his momentum.
"I can't even explain it. Every time I play three or four games I have something else. I did my foot, I was suspended, I came back and did my foot and then came back again,” Clarkson said. “Got suspended again. Came back for five games and got suspended again. Had elbow surgery. It's just been a time period that's been a little crazy.”
He added that he always had faith that every cloud has a silver lining and staying optimistic about a situation always helps get the better of things. And that was exactly his approach even in the face of those hurdles and that has been getting him through storm and strife.
"I'm a big believer in staying positive and getting through things. In sports you're not always going to have the year you plan. It's how you handle it and get better from it,” Clarkson said. “That's something I've been trying to do is stay positive in that room and try not to let it affect me as a person or being around guys."