As Canucks look to off-season, Horvat, Boeser remind us of human side of sports

VANCOUVER – The only good thing about Bo Horvat’s fractured tibia is that it made it easier for him to be present for the birth of his daughter on Saturday.

Of course, holding baby Tulsa was complicated by the crutches the Vancouver Canucks captain requires while his lower leg is immobilized in a walking boot. But at least Horvat had time to support his wife, Holly, and look after their not-quite-two-year-old son, Gunnar, when the Canucks were finishing their season Friday in Edmonton by missing the playoffs for the sixth time in Bo’s eight years in the National Hockey League.

Horvat was still wearing his hospital bracelet when Canuck players did their year-end media availability on Sunday.

“It’s funny how things work out,” Horvat said at Rogers Arena. “I mean, she went into labour the day these guys went out to Edmonton, so if I was playing, I would have had to fly back to make the birth. We’re obviously thrilled to have our little girl in the world now. Both mom and baby are doing great.”

And if Horvat’s baby announcement wasn’t reminder enough that hockey players are not performer-machines but human beings, as hopeful and vulnerable as the rest of us, his group was followed to the interview podium by winger Brock Boeser, who broke down in tears when asked by a reporter about the ongoing health challenges of his father, Duke.

“He’s not doing well,” Boeser said.…

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