The Kingston Frontenacs last played on March 8, 2020.
That’s a long time for a group of hockey-obsessed youth to go without the thrills of competition and a game that’s defined and shaped their lives to this point.
That’s why Shane Wright has made a conscious effort to reach out to his fellow “Fronts” to help try to keep the team connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left Ontario’s major junior hockey league in limbo and sidelined him and others from the sport they love.
“It sucks being away from my teammates, who are all my best friends,” said the Frontenacs phenom.
“So I always want to check in with them and see how they're doing. Whether it's a text, or call, or FaceTime, whatever it is, I just want to stay in touch with them, making sure they're doing all right ... seeing how they're doing with all their training and how their family is doing,” Wright continued.
Because the last 13 months have been a period of stasis that the 17-year-old — for whom time, to this point, has often been simply a hurdle to clear en route to seemingly guaranteed stardom in the NHL — has felt acutely.