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Offline CarltonTheBear

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The Mystery of Paul Ranger
« on: January 31, 2018, 09:02:45 AM »
Ten years ago, Paul Ranger was a legitimate top-4 defencemen with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Then, when he was 25 years old, he left the team at the beginning of the 2009-10 season for personal reasons and nobody knew why. In 2012 he signed a minor-league deal with the Marlies and had a successful return to professional hockey despite taking 3 seasons off. He played 53 games with the Leafs the season after that in his return to the NHL. After one more season in hockey in Switzerland he finally ended his hockey playing career.

Still, he never spoke about his reasons for leaving the hockey world in 2009. Last week it was revealed that he was battling with depression during that time. And with today being Bell Let's Talk day TSN released this piece where Darren Dreger sits down with Paul to discuss what he went through:

https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/tsn-original-the-mystery-of-paul-ranger~1315254

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Re: The Mystery of Paul Ranger
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 01:57:00 PM »
I long suspected that was the reason. His and Tocchet's description of what happened in the video room really hit home. For those that are fortunate to have never had depression, it was such a clear description of what some of us have experienced. I've been where he was. You can be so strong -- physically and mentally -- but eventually you just wear out; you break. Eventually, you just can't go on. If you're lucky, you've got supports around you, like he did. Not everyone's so lucky.

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Re: The Mystery of Paul Ranger
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2018, 07:18:42 AM »
I long suspected that was the reason. His and Tocchet's description of what happened in the video room really hit home. For those that are fortunate to have never had depression, it was such a clear description of what some of us have experienced. I've been where he was. You can be so strong -- physically and mentally -- but eventually you just wear out; you break. Eventually, you just can't go on. If you're lucky, you've got supports around you, like he did. Not everyone's so lucky.

I suffered from it for several years due to my wife’s (two) miscarriages & losing both my parents within 16 months; I think your description of being burned out is pretty much spot on regarding how I felt at work. I was, and still am in all honesty, commuting over an hours to work but I was simply exhausted from everything & mentally I was all over the place.

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Re: The Mystery of Paul Ranger
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2018, 07:18:42 AM »