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“They broke the news to me from about 20 feet away,” he said. “In the moment I just said thanks for the opportunity and just wished them the best of luck, because obviously I’m still a Canadian and I’m still going to cheer for them. I have friends on that team, buddies I want to see be successful and win gold.
“And then when I went back to my room, I just let it out for a little bit.”
Tears, anger – you name it, the centre for the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks was feeling it.
“A little bit of everything,” he said. “What we went through the last month, how hard I worked to get to this point, everything came out in that moment. But I knew I could regroup quickly. I could either let this sit, let it soak in and let it hurt me, or I can use it to my advantage, use it effectively. And that’s what I plan on doing.”
As much as talking to his family helped, hearing from Portland teammate and current NHLer Cody Glass of Vegas was invaluable.
“A guy who’s been through it and knows exactly what I’m feeling,” Jarvis said. “His words mean a little bit more, just because he’s experienced it. He’s felt this kind of emotion before.”
Jarvis’s release speaks volumes about the talent of this year’s Canadian team.
He scored 42 goals and 98 points in just 58 WHL games last season, enough to make him Carolina’s first-round pick, 13th overall, in the NHL draft.
After regrouping in Winnipeg, Jarvis hopes to relocate to Portland and begin skating with teammates, preparing for either a WHL or NHL training camp, whichever comes first.
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