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BOSTON — Gee whiz, Johnny.
Superstar left-winger Johnny Gaudreau caused quite a social-media commotion when he left the ice in the late stages of the Calgary Flames’ practice on NHL trade deadline day, but the explanation for his early exit was simple enough.
“I had to pee,” Gaudreau said.
Johnny’s bathroom break — apparently approved by interim head coach Geoff Ward, who told him not to bother returning because their prep session was almost over — probably caused some panic for Flames fans, wondering if Flames general manager Brad Treliving had pulled the trigger on a major move.
The 26-year-old Gaudreau, currently Calgary’s team scoring leader with 52 points, wasn’t going anywhere at Monday’s trade deadline, although he admitted there were a lot of messages waiting on his phone after he hit the urinal.
So no, this wasn’t some sort of … um … news leak.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal,” Gaudreau said with a grin. “Next time I will hold it in as long as I can, until practice is over.”
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