Well ladies and gentlemen, he's officially back!
You want to see the face of a determined, empowering hockey player?
Today, Stephen Johns participated in a full practice with the Dallas Stars.
This past season, the Stars have been missing a 6'4", 225 lbs defenseman from their lineup.
The Dallas Stars have re-acquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, in exchange for a 2019 4th round draft pick.
John Klingbeg's injury raised questions about the Dallas Stars' defense and how it would be without their number 1 defenseman. Esa Lindell has shoved all those questions right back in doubters' faces.
It's something that is not talked about enough. The serious toll that head injuries can take on professional sports players.
Dallas is still thought of as the team that missed playoffs 5 years in a row. The team that crashed season after season and it a "lost sport" in the football capital of America. But let me tell you this: This team, this season is different. John Klingberg is one of the reasons why.
Last season, it seemed as if the Stars had a solid spot in the 2017-2018 playoffs.. that is until they dropped 8 games in a row eliminating them from first round contention. The extended summer felt disheartening, not only for fans I'm sure.