Lying in his hospital bed this week after undergoing a second double-hip surgery in 11 months, former Winnipegger Colin Wilson found a way to keep busy.
The 31-year-old edited a self-penned story that would lay bare the one-on-one battle he’s fought with his mental health over an 11-year NHL career.
Wilson’s story, appearing at The Players Tribune on Thursday, is equal parts fascinating, unnerving, bizarre, and, finally, hopeful.
It ends with the likely end of his NHL career as a footnote to the good he could potentially do with the next phase of his life.
“It seems to have had a pretty cool impact on people already,” Wilson told the Winnipeg Sun from his home in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday. “I’ve honestly wanted to write it for a while, and I finally got to a point where I felt very comfortable with it. When you go through a healing process, a self-growth, you start realizing the next step is to start helping other…