Jonathan Drouin knew brave the storm while addressing media representatives after Saturday’s game against the Lightning.
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The Quebecer didn’t make a single appearance on the ice, having been sanctioned by Martin St-Louis for being late for a team briefing.
“It wasn’t an easy day. I missed the meeting because I was two minutes late. This is my ninth year in the NHL and it has never happened in my career. It’s a shame what’s happening, especially in Tampa. I live on with that and have the support of my teammates.
Drouin added that he made every effort to be there in time after a late awakening, but that he narrowly missed the start of the meeting.
“I didn’t even hear my dial. I ran to get there in time, but I wasn’t lucky. I just arrived two minutes late.”
For his part, Martin St-Louis assured that the file was now closed and that he had nothing against Jonathan Drouin.
“I get to know him and have a very good relationship with him. He’s a guy I really like. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right one. He understands that and will show up on Monday.”