His voice quivering as he talked about the play for the first time, Daymond Langkow misted up a little.
It's not over the memories of Ian White's slapshot hitting him in the back of the neck — a play during the March 21 game against the Minnesota Wild that left Langkow in hospital for a few hours while his teammates flew home — it's the idea of his wife and kids watching from Calgary.
"It's tough for the family. I was hoping they weren't watching the game," Langkow said, clearing his throat.
Asked later whether or not they were parked in front of the TV, Langkow acknowledges how difficult the first few minutes were on them.
"Yeah, they were (watching)," he said, his voice at its wobbliest. "I talked to my wife in the ambulance and just let her know things were all right. She was a little bit shaken up, but after I talked to her, she was fine."
As for his health, Langkow won't divulge any specifics other than the fact the puck smacked him right in the back of the neck.
The likelihood of him playing again this season depends on whether or not the team makes the playoffs.
"I actually feel pretty good, considering," Langkow said.
"It all depends on what happens with the team here. Hopefully things work out and we make the playoffs. Just kind of go from there."