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'I felt lost': Flames' Oliver Kylington sheds light on his mental-health battle

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NEW YORK — The story behind Oliver Kylington’s year-and-a-half battle back to the NHL is one of trauma and betrayal.

And it will be told.



When he’s ready. 


And while he’s not there yet, in a quiet, one-on-one chat he offered up a glimpse of where he was during the depths of a mental health break that saw him miss last season and the first half of this one.


“I felt confused because there was a big betrayal — that’s how everything was,” said the soft-spoken Calgary Flames defenceman.


“I felt lost. I felt that I didn't trust anyone, really.”


It was two summers ago when Kylington knew he needed help, and got plenty of it to pull him through a period in which he openly admitted he wasn’t sure he’d ever return to hockey.

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There were times in my youth and young adult days that I felt like that.  Fortunately, I had a good support base and eventually the dark days passed.  Sometimes depression happens, even when things are going well.


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