If you follow me on twitter or know me in person, you already know that I am the biggest Lance Bouma fangirl on the planet. I have been watching his career as he worked his way through the ranks since he was drafted in 2008. I've watched him progress from a good player to an impactful player.
People ask me why I like him so much and my answer is quite simple - he's a character player, he's gritty when he needs to be, he's a shot-blocking king, he sacrifices himself in every play, he scores goals, and he creates chances for his line mates almost every shift. Because I've watched him progress so much, I can't help but appreciate the hard work and effort that he has put into his career even during the off-season.
So, as you can probably imagine, having Lance sidelined with a broken fibula for the past 24 games has been painful for me emotionally. Especially when I made my annual trip to Calgary during the Boston Bruins @ Calgary Flames game and I didn't get to see Lance play. Throughout the past few weeks, I can't help but put myself in his skates. If I'm having this much trouble not being able to watch him play, I cannot imagine what he must be going through by not being able to play.
My phone notifications blew up when it was reported that Lance skated with the team on Sunday, December 6th.
And today, again, my phone was dinging off the hook with notifications from friends and family, telling me to check twitter because Roger Millions had tweeted that Lance was travelling with the team during their most recent road trip.
Lance Bouma will be on road trip for #Flames .— Roger Millions (@RogMillions) December 14, 2015
Now, I understand that it doesn't necessarily mean that Lance will play, but I'm taking this as a good sign that Mr. Bouma is well on the road to recovery from his broken fibula and that's always a great thing to hear.
Heal up soon, Lance! Can't wait to see you back on the ice with the team as soon as possible!
Go Flames Go!