Gentle reminder that Jack canonically said “hockey came first.”
He and Bitty are going to have a talk. Because they’re adults in a committed relationship and they want to work things out and be happy.
And hockey CAME first. Past tense.
Jack is fully capable of prioritizing things before hockey now. He knows hockey isn’t the be all and end all. He and Bitty are going to have a discussion so they can decide, together, who they can and cannot tell about their relationship. They’re not going to break up.
They’re communicating openly with each other so they can work out their problems together. This is healthy. Jack realizes he can have hockey AND a relationship with a boy and be happy. Sure, he doesn’t want to jeopardize his career, but he’s not going to jeopardize his relationship with Bitty either.
Hockey came first before, but now after growing up a bit, Jack knows that overall his happiness comes first.
“About five seconds before we were to begin our stage, I felt as if my heart would explode. I felt nervous, but listening to the screams of our fans was electrifying. It’s a feeling that can’t be put into words. Once we began our choreography with the music, I thought to myself, ‘So this is why I became a singer.’ I would have no regrets dying on stage.”