BOSTON — It was time to wish Matt Hunwick a Happy Anniversary today, but the Bruins’ defenseman didn’t even know it was an important occasion.
One year ago today, Hunwick was rushed from Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., to the hospital to have his spleen removed. Hunwick had been feeling discomfort since Game 1 of the Bruins’ series with Montreal two days earlier and it finally became unbearable. The surgery was successful and Hunwick made a full recovery, although he didn’t return in time to rejoin the Bruins during their playoff run.
Imagine my shock when Hunwick didn’t know what I was talking about.
“It’s nothing I highlight on the calendar, that’s for sure,” he politely said after I explained what the anniversary was.
Obviously, April 18 of last year had to be one of the scariest days of Hunwick’s life. He said he remembers the doctors doing a great job to get him to the hospital and execute the splenectomy. From there it was all about resting and then working hard to get back.
Even though he didn’t know the exact date of the surgery, he admitted it had crossed his mind recently.
“No one’s mentioned it,” he said. “I kind of thought about, ‘well, maybe this was the Saturday that it happened.’ Actually that would’ve been yesterday. But I didn’t know the date. Hopefully the years will pass and I won’t have to think about it.”
Hunwick has logged at least 20 minutes of ice time in each of the Bruins’ first two playoff games and held his own against the speedy Sabres. He’s come a long way since that harrowing day last spring.