NHL Concussion Report 2.14.11 (UPDATED)


Each week we scour the web to find concussions in the National Hockey League.  We will keep a running tally on that information as the season progresses.  However, it is not easy as the NHL has decided that listing injuries as “upper body” or “undisclosed” is a good indicator of actual injuries occurred.  Our list is believed to be as accurate as possible, even including injuries that have vague listings but through reports and video analysis should be classified as concussions.

It is Valentine’s Day, time to give some love to the NHL; the league is beginning the monumental effort of taking on the task of concussions in their sport.  Perhaps, this is because football is now in hibernation, or that their biggest star may be out for some time.  Regardless, the list has exploded this week, adding 7 more players (as of late last night, we will update as needed).

The NY Times reported the concussion totals from the NHL the past few seasons;

  • ’06-’07 = 72
  • ’07-’08 = 74
  • ’08-’09 = 73
  • ’09-’10 = 82

As you have read many of times on this blog, I am very demonstrative about the fact that NOT ALL concussions are being revealed by NHL teams (other sports have the same issue), but the “Cold War” listing of injuries is patented by the NHL.  I digress, without further ado here are your new names (7);

  • Steve Montador – Buffalo
  • Fernando Pisani – Chicago
  • Eric Tangradi – Pittsburgh
  • Nate Thompson – Tampa Bay
  • Colby Armstrong – Toronto *listed as blurred vision*
  • Dan Hamhuis – Vancouver
  • Derek Dorsett – Columbus

UPDATE: Jonas Holos – Colorado added…  Bringing total to 63, all stats below reflect 62…

This brings The Concussion Blog total to 62…  About 27 games remain…  Going on an average of what we have found thus far the NHL is averaging 1.13 concussions during each “game”…  Pace of 92 concussions…

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