Concussion Now Worthy of Purple Heart

And it is about DANG time the military came around on this.  I say military but really the Army is taking the lead as they have recently reviewed their designations for the Purple Heart, and concussions will now be considered for the honor.  There is hope that the other branches will follow suit and make concussions worthy of a Purple Heart.

It wasn’t like the Army did this on their own, it took pressure from the civilian sector, namely the NPR;

In response to the ProPublica/NPR reporting, which showed that Army commanders denied some soldiers the Purple Heart even after they suffered documented concussions, the Army’s Chiarelli called for a review of the guidelines. On Wednesday, he announced clarified rules, including a checklist of valid treatments (bed rest and Tylenol among them), that will make it easier for war veterans to receive the Purple Heart after sustaining concussions.

I must say this is great news, because by making this distinction more awareness will be given to “closed head trauma” and making the ‘invisible’ injury more visible to everyone.  And I echo the sentiments Continue reading

Ex-NFL’er, 41, Dying of ALS

His name is Kevin Turner and was a bruising fullback for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.  Tim Graham of has a very deep story on Turner and his life, falling apart after a diagnosis of ALS.

Yet if he knew then what he knows today, he’d be torn about pulling out of Prattville.

“If they would have come to me and said, ‘I’ve seen the future. This is what happens.’ Of course, I would stop playing immediately,” Turner said. “But, as we all know, nobody can see the future. For me, it just falls into a long line of bad decisions.”

Turner is divorced. He went bankrupt on bum real estate investments. He was addicted to painkillers for a couple of years. None of those problems are the worst of it.

Ten months ago, the 41-year-old father of three was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the incurable neuromuscular disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Turner’s arms don’t work well, his hands even less. His pinch strength, a measurement of the strength generated by the thumb and forefinger, is one pound. That’s comparable to an infant. He doesn’t have enough might to squeeze toothpaste out of a tube.

Although Turner does not have a long time left he is doing what he can.  He has started the Kevin Turner Foundation, a fund for Continue reading

Purdue Guard Will Play

Ryne Smith of Purdue was rumored to have sustained a concussion leading up to the Boilermakers game today.  Reports are now that he did get hit in the head by teammate E’Twan Moore, on accident.

Smith had what he called an “extremely mild” concussion but has been cleared, practiced and declared himself healthy.

We all know how the blog feels about “mild” concussions, and it is a good time to talk about that again.  Let it be known that Purdue has done the correct thing, he has been out of action since Sunday and has been cleared.


Thursday Quick Hits

We all know today and tomorrow are fairly unproductive for die-hard sports fans (see me), therefore I will give you some quick links for today.  I am off to go watch some hoop, feel free to comment or email messages as well…  Happy St. Paddy’s day and NCAA Tourney Days…

NHL Puts Protocol In Place

There was some confusion about when the new protocol for players in the NHL was to be in effect.  A few at the GM meetings yesterday said it was to be in place last night, others were a less committal on a time.  Helene Elliott of the LA Times has this report;

A few hours after general managers concluded meetings Wednesday that produced resolutions intended to enhance safety and minimize head injuries, the league suspended San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley for two games for elbowing Dallas forward Steve Ott in the head Tuesday. Heatley, who got an interference penalty on the ice, will forfeit $80,645.16 which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


Fans Don’t Rank Head Injuries High Continue reading

NHL Taking It Slow: Commentary

As the general managers meet in Florida for the last day, what has come from the meeting the past two has been “tightening of the ship.”  Rather than take sweeping changes and possibly modifying the game to ends that make the owners and their proxy, general managers, uneasy the standards/statements made thus far have at least let us know they are fully aware.  And it has shown that money or fear of losing money drives the ship.

On Monday the league announced that the protocol for a player showing concussion signs will be removed from the bench for a thorough evaluation by a doctor.  I opined that this was a good first step, what I didn’t mention was that I didn’t like how the connotation from the media and even the league that the athletic trainer may be at fault.  Taking the player from the bench is a “no-brainer”; the instinct to hop the boards when your shift is called far outweighs the honest answers a player may be inclined to give to the athletic trainer behind the bench.  Also, removing the player from outside influences, say peers and coaches, makes this move both warranted and good “window dressing.”  This particular move does nothing for the player that will give dishonest answers in an effort to return to the game, the hopes are that using the SCAT2 model, to the ‘T’, will identify more concussions.  Is it a move in the right direction?  Yes!  Just remember before others go on a rampage saying the athletic trainer would not be qualified to do this; the SCAT2 was developed by and for athletic trainers to use, on a hockey bench there is neither the time or space to do such an evaluation.  Part of the umbrage I take as well is the influences of the coaches, peers and players themselves when the injured is still on the bench.  The athletic trainer has never been viewed as an overriding authority on the bench/sidelines in professional sports, which is a shame because that is their profession and that is what they are trained to do.

On Tuesday, there was no move by the league to ban hits to the head, like the IIHF and OHL have done.  Rather the league will enforce Continue reading

Cool Your Head: Add Protection

While doing this blog I get a ton of email with upcoming ideas and inventions for concussion issues.  They range from the simple to the sublime and some are worth investigating.  It has been our practice to not take a dime from anyone when writing about their product, and it should continue to be that way.  Rather, I feel that introducing/presenting products or information should be useful for the general public to form their own opinion (as I share mine here).  Hard data within A SOLID experiment is tough to discount, sure there are questions and will always be with anything, so with that in mind I like to present things I feel can be of benefit.  A huge part of this is feedback, via this blog’s comment section or email or to the product itself.

With all of that in mind I was very interested to see things from GelCool Systems, as they have a product that makes logical sense for overheating, but it has added benefits, as you will see with their post.  One thing this also takes into account, which I don’t think they thought of, was the expanding research in hypothermic treatment for concussions.  So here is their own post about the product, please feel free to comment here.

The Human Head is Responsible for 60% of the Body’s Cooling and Warming

GelCool Systems Patent-Pending Professional-Grade Gel Packs align with the helmet’s existing anti-trauma pads, maintaining the helmet’s proper fit and alignment while providing significant cooling benefit.  This cooling is graduated through a thermal distribution layer, so the athlete receives steady cooling over the entire cranium surface, avoiding the discomfort caused by a strong surge of cold temperature.  GelCool Systems gel packs are designed to deliver cooling within a safe range of 42-60 degrees (F) for the majority of the cooling period, which avoids negative thermal issues such as vasoconstriction or ice burns. Field testing has shown average cooling periods of 20 minutes in over 95 degree ambient heat. GelCool gel packs are a single piece, pliable insert that is very easy to insert or remove from a helmet: There is nothing to fasten or attach. It takes about 2 seconds to insert a pack in a helmet – less to remove it.

GelCool Gel Packs Absorb Some of the Concussive Energy to the Head from Traumatic Blows, Based on Certified Laboratory Testing GelCool_Systems_-_R4151-A

They Are Also Fully Compliant with NOCSAE Testing Requirements in Riddell Football Helmets (Revolution and VSR-4)

Laboratory testing shows that the presence of our gel packs inside the helmet reduces trauma to the head in concussive blows: in other words, improved concussion protection. To ensure that our gel packs are safe in the upper helmet Continue reading

UK Dealing With Two Adolescent Deaths

A 15-year-old footballer died after being accidentally kneed in the head while making a slide tackle in a match at the weekend.

Huw Thatcher, from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, collapsed during a match on Sunday and later died from a brain aneurysm.

In a separate tragedy Reece Jeffrey, also 15, collapsed and died during an under-16s match in Derby the day before.

Across the pond in the United Kingdom two separate incidents have claimed the lives of adolescents.  Much more is know about the Thatcher case, as he was kneed in the head, causing what they are calling an aneurysm.  It will be interesting to see if more information follows this case in regards to head injuries.

It is very likely that Thatcher’s aneurysm was already a “ticking time bomb” that only needed Continue reading

High Profile Rugby & NHL Announcement Part 2 & Crosby

The International Rugby Board instituted greater safety for concussed players by updating their protocol.  The trouble is, we cannot find a text of exactly what this new protocol is.  Nevertheless the IRB changes are being tested this week by Ireland player Eoin Reddan;

Reddan lasted less than two minutes of the defeat to Wales on Saturday after suffering a concussion just 60 seconds into the game at the Millennium Stadium.

Although he is recovering well he will have to see a neurologist this week as part of the concussion management under the IRB concussion ‘Return to Play’ protocols.

While Reddan has not been ruled out of the England match, Ireland have been boosted by Tomas O’Leary’s return to fitness following a back problem.

We can see that constant monitoring of the injured, along with further clearance from a neurologist is part of this protocol.  Reddan is most high profile athlete to take part in the new IRB ‘rules’ with concussions.  It will be interesting to see how Reddan and rugby deal with this.  The next match, versus England, is scheduled for Sunday.



The NHL further broke down their stats Continue reading

2011 NATM Tribute Letter: Broken Brain

During the month of March we will continually highlight the work of an athletic trainer.  This series will incorporate open letters about the men and women of the profession from other professionals, the aim is to have at least one a week.  If there are others out there; parents, coaches, teachers, doctors, lawyers, athletes or anyone that would like to form a letter please do so and send it to

Granted our last letter was from an anonymous source and this one is as well, the anonymity is a bit less with our next letter.  This profound letter comes from a blogger (really a very good writer), his site is Broken Brain — Brilliant Mind; Using the infinite mind to overcome the limits of the brain…  Including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survival Strategy and Tactics.  If you have taken the time to follow his stylings you will find out that this self-taught individual has the proper perspective on all things related to head injuries.  I appreciate his time in contributing to National Athletic Training Month with a kind letter;

National Athletic Training Month and Brain Injury Awareness Month – it seems like a perfect combination to me. In these times when concussion in sports is gaining a higher profile, and there is so much confusion about it (what exactly is it, and what exactly do you do about it?), Athletic Trainers’ time has come. Who else is this well-positioned to not only learn about the issues surrounding concussion, but also to actually put that knowledge into practice on a regular practical basis? I say this not only as someone who has lived more than 4 decades with the after-effects of multiple concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries (a number of them sports-related), but also as someone who was once seriously considering becoming a personal trainer, because the connection between brain and body is so obvious and important, and physical fitness has been shown to be a great way to both rehabilitate an injured brain as well as protect against future injuries.

I’ve since moved in a different direction, believing that I can probably do more good with awareness raising online, than in starting a new career from scratch. (It would probably also help if I didn’t have some serious TBI-related problems Continue reading

An Honest Interview

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times covers the University of Washington basketball team, and has a blog report that deals in part with Justin Holiday and his concussion.  Holiday is just returning from his concussion he suffered on March 5th and Allen interviewed him about how it has been going.

“I really didn’t feel comfortable shooting them because of my concussion,” he said. “I was a little light-headed at times and I thought other guys could have made a better shot than I could have. It was really just being out there for the team. I wasn’t shooting as well and I wanted to make sure we got the best shot up possible in the game. And helping in ways I knew for sure I could get things done.

(How can you get better?) “Just rest. It’s most definitely gotten better. Resting all week. Other than the games. These couple of days of rest are going to help me most definitely. I feel better now than I did when we left. I feel that can get cleared up all the way and go out there and produce.”

(How close were you to sitting out?) Continue reading

That Was Fast

Gary Bettman announced after the first session of GM meetings in Florida that the NHL will now adopt a more rigorous protocol for players exhibiting concussion symptoms.

Under the new protocol, any player showing concussion symptoms must be examined by a doctor in the locker room. Until now, an examination on the bench by a trainer was the minimum requirement.

Bettman said the league also will study using smaller equipment and making the playing area safer. He said other rule changes might emerge from the meetings, which conclude Wednesday.

Kudos for getting the players off the ice and get them examined.  The Gravboski incident may have never occurred if this were in place weeks ago.  However this situation would not have changed the Crosby situation as his first head injury occurred at the end of the second period and went to the locker room.  It is assumed that IF Crosby told the medical staff that he had concussion symptoms he would have been evaluated.

This is a good start; now to get the players on board with reporting the issues…


“Concussion is not the bogeyman”

This is a tried and true quote from Micky Collins of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program.  As I have stated many times the injury itself is more than likely rather benign, IF TREATED CORRECTLY.  That is exactly what Collins is preaching; management of the initial injury is of the most importance.

“As we peel the onion on this injury and we started doing more and more research and more and more clinical work, it’s like, wow, this is really something that needs to be dealt with, and you have to do it very carefully,” said Micky Collins…

Researchers and doctors figured out that, despite their serious nature, concussions can be effectively treated. If managed correctly, Collins said, the potential for long-term effects can be mitigated.

Ignoring the signs and symptoms of a concussion is the first step to mistreating the injury, therefore the awareness of what a concussion is and the subsequent treatment will make it easier to handle.  Clinicians and “front-line” professionals have been given more technology and research to help with the detection of the concussion.  However, the MOST IMPORTANT tool Continue reading

NHL Concussion Report 3.14.11 (UPDATE)

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.

As the general managers meet in Florida, perhaps they would like to know this number…  78 79.  That is the current number of players that have been listed as “concussion”, “head”, or some other ailment that with further investigation resulted in those players having what was believed to be a concussion.  I don’t know if I have mentioned this but “upper body” and “disclosed” are poor listings and should be readdressed.  New to this week I have included some statistics, but first the added players since last report; Continue reading

NHL GM’s To Meet

Boca Raton, Florida will be the site for the “Spring” meetings of the National Hockey League’s General Managers as they discuss League issues.  I bet you cannot think of what might be the hottest topic.  Last March the GM’s came up with Rule 48; penalizing players for blind side hits to the head.  As USA Today and Kevin Allen note those types of hits are down, but the concussions are up;

“The concussions resulting from hits to the head, whether you categorize them as legal or illegal, are actually down this year,” said Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner. “For whatever reason, we are getting more concussions, either from accidental contacts or secondary contacts, by a player hitting his head on the ice, after being hit legally body to body or hitting his head against the boards.”

Concussions were going to be on the docket this week, however there seems to be more urgency since the Chara/Pacioretty incident in Montreal last week.  The hit was ruled “part of the game” and as one of our writers, Nick Mercer put it, those hits are exactly the ones causing the concussions across the league.

What the GM’s need to understand is that there is a myriad of events occurring that are causing the numbers to rise.  Continue reading

Concussions: Which way from here? – NHL – Yahoo! Sports

This is one very good article, hockey fans take a look at this, in case you missed it.  I believe that Nicholas J. Cotsonika has done everyone a service looking into this issue.

“He was on a panel where one of the panelists said the pro teams don’t care about their players, and what I said to Chris was, ‘Don’t you dare ever let anyone say that again,’ ” Burke said. “I said, ‘We’ve got to continue doing the work you’re doing, but we’ve got to play this game, too.’ “

Nowinski said they spoke for about 15 minutes. He said it was a good conversation, but a private one.

Concussions: Which way from here? – NHL – Yahoo! Sports.

Editorial: Nick Mercer

Nick Mercer has and is from north of the border, so even though he does not play hockey, he is engrossed in the Canadian National Pastime.  Here is an editorial from him regarding the hit on Max Pacioretty in Montreal last week.

Don’t miss the point!

So let me get this straight: No cursing on TV, no nudity, no drug or alcohol use, because kids may see it and ‘get the wrong idea’.  However, it’s ok to show a man nearly get killed.  On the news, there’s often a warning that the upcoming story may contain scenes that are “not suitable for children”.  These are mostly scenes with blood or graphic violence.

Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens, without exaggeration, was nearly killed on Tuesday night during the Bruins-Canadiens game. In case you missed it – and if you live in Canada or have access to CBC or TSN – you are fortunate enough to be able to see it ad nauseam at any time of day from every possible angle.  I am a Montreal Canadiens fan and I was watching the game when it happened.  When I saw the replay, I honestly thought his head collapsed.  I thought he was comatose.

There is plenty of blame to go around and I think that blaming Zdeno Chara (the Bruins player who hit Pacioretty) is an incredible waste of time Continue reading

The Mighty ‘C’ Word

I am hoping to bring the information about a concussion to a level that everyone can understand.  Recently I have been on a media blitz and am finding out that people know about a concussion but not what a concussion is.  The hope is that this original article will help with understanding.  You may link and use parts of this article as needed, however you may not reprint it without expressed written consent from The Concussion Blog and Dustin Fink, MS, ATC.  I hope you enjoy and looking for some feedback as well, ALL feedback!!!

What is a Concussion?

Simply put a concussion is an injury to the brain.  There are much more complex pathophysiological (I know huge word, sorry bout that) mechanisms happening to the brain.  What is not so complex is that your brain, my brain, our brains do not repair themselves, nor do we have the technology to repair them.  Every individual is given ONE brain, and really it amounts to a mound of jello suspended in fluid, pretty fragile, eh?

As the brain is violently and abruptly shifted inside its case (skull) it creates a cascade of events down to the cellular level.  Instead of boring you with medical terminology just think of your brain as a snow globe.  When all is good the flakes in the globe are at rest and the water is clear.  Now shake the snow globe.  The flakes are flying everywhere without rhyme or reason; this is a concussion (at its basic level).

During the excitement of the flakes the brain does not function correctly sending the body signals that are impairing function such as; headache, blurred vision, balance disturbance.  The brain wants to function normally however with all the chemicals, hormones and such “flying” around – out of order – the normal responses to signals the brain is used to sending is no longer happening.  We as clinicians have been able to, through research, identify areas of the brain impacted by the sudden insult to the brain due to the types of signs and symptoms presented.

In order for the brain to return to normal functioning every single flake in that snow globe must come to rest, and be at a complete restful state.  Returning to activity – ALL ACTIVITY includes physical and COGNITIVE stresses – too soon makes it MUCH easier to excite the flakes once again, and even make the symptoms and reaction much worse (think Sidney Crosby).  Getting a second insult to the brain before all the chaos has subsided WILL translate into a longer recovery period, and in adolescents this can lead to Second Impact Syndrome, a killer.  Even if there is one little tiny flake floating around in your snow globe, your brain is NOT READY for any more trauma, PERIOD.

What to look for

With a concussive episode the brain sending improper signals results in SIGNS and SYMPTOMS; Continue reading

NHL All-Concussion Team

Wayne Scanlan of The Vancouver Sun wrote about the concussion incidence in professional hockey.  He used information that we have been compiling on those concussed in the NHL;

To look at the list of names is to gasp at the scope of the problem: Seventy-two players, with one month still to play.

Considering most teams have a 23-man active roster, some 690 players are in the NHL — that means more than 10 per cent of the league’s players have had a concussion this season.

As Scanlan started to list off the players for the “All-Concussion Team” he admits that the talent on said team could be good enough to challenge for the Stanley Cup.  Here is what Scanlan came up with; Continue reading

Radio Interview: Dustin Fink

Today at 4:30 Central Time I will be interviewed on The Aric Lee Show talking about concussions in sports.  Aric’s show is a sports talk show that deals with regional and national sports on ESPN 1050 The Fan in Decatur, Illinois;we are slated to talk for about a half hour.

If you are so inclined you can listen live via this LINK ( and then click the listen live box in the top right hand corner (his show starts at 3 CST, that is when you can first click on the listen live box).  After the show feel free to give feedback here on this site.

*As a disclaimer I also appear on his show from time to time to be a “correspondent” of sorts with “fringe” sports like NASCAR and the Olympics (if you are lucky you can find some rather “atrocious” photos of me on the website).  This will be my first “official” appearance talking about concussions and this blog.  ENJOY

NBA Concussion Report #6

Our periodical report for The Association.

These do not occur as often as football and hockey for a couple of reasons, one; fewer players equals less incidence and two; the reporting of injuries is up to beat writers, as I have yet to find an official league injury page.  I will be using the standard and ESPN for compiling this information.

We are back with this report only a few days later, why you ask?  This past week the NBA has been busy with concussion information; release of information about developing a league wide policy, and a spike in reported injuries.  Most of the concussions/head injuries we have found were through press write-ups about the game itself.  Here is the current list (special thank you to Colin Fly of the AP for digging up a few of these); Continue reading

SD a Signature Away & IL Makes Changes

We highlighted, a while back, South Dakota pushing a bill through the state legislature, but as of today it only needs the Governor’s signature.  It is not without some questions, like the Illinois bill.

Senate Bill 149, also known as concussion legislation, is now on its way to the Governor’s desk for his signature. But those who support the bill say there’s still more to be done.

Kelli Grant of discussed the “shortfalls” with the bill, granted this move is a great start.  The main issue, just like Illinois is that the proposed bill only INCLUDES high school athletes sanctioned by the state association.  There is no mechanism for sports that are “club” or for those kids younger than high school age.

I was interviewed yesterday by a local TV station (WAND), about the bill in Illinois and how it can help the young athletes, and I made the same point that the article from South Dakota was making.  It is a great start, for both SD and IL, but if lawmakers are truly concerned for the safety of youth athletes more should be done.


Specifically speaking on Illinois, Continue reading

NHL About to Take A Shot to the Wallet

The hits that are being seen more often on the ice may cause the National Hockey League to take a shot to the wallet.  According to Canadian news agency QMI the NHL could lose one if its primary sponsors if something is not done about the hits and safety issues facing the league.

According to QMI, Air Canada — one of the league’s biggest corporate backers — is threatening to pull its support if action isn’t taken to prevent what it calls recent career- and life-threatening headshots during games.

Denis Vandal, the airline’s director of marketing/communication, wrote a “strongly worded letter” addressed to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, saying “from a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents.”

“Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey.”

This would be the biggest, and first to our knowledge, sponsor of any professional league that is making a stand on the head injury front.  It will definately be interesting to see how the NHL handles this; as it comes on the heels of the ZERO game suspension for Zdeno Chara after his blatant hit on Max Pacioretty two nights ago.


Could Using an AED in Fennvile Helped?

This blog is mainly about concussions however, athletic training is a very strong undercurrent here.  Mike Hopper takes a look at a column surrounding the tragedy in Fennville, MI, and how an athletic trainer could have been utilized.

I’m sure anybody in the athletics world has heard of the unfortunate tragedy that took place last Thursday night.  For those who don’t know, Wes Leonard, a 16 year-old basketball player from Michigan, died after scoring the winning basket that sealed his team’s 20-0 perfect regular season.  Leonard collapsed amid the celebration that ensued after the game and died a couple of hours later.

Chilling reports have come from this small town of Fennville that are sending up red flags across the country.  There are mixed reports as to if any care was given immediately following the collapse, but it appears very little was given until paramedics arrived.

In John Doherty’s column on Monday, the author goes to another problem with this whole incident.  CPR or lack of CPR has been brought up numerous times and rightfully so.  But what has remained hush-hush is the lack of AED and the lack of proper medical services provided onsite that night. Continue reading

Professional Athlete With Proper Perspective

We all know that head injuries can be sustained anywhere at anytime, obviously concussions occur at a higher rate in sports.  Non “mainstream” sports in America have their share of concussions as well, in fact sports like soccer, rugby and woman’s hockey have an extremely high incidence rate of concussions.  Perhaps some of the professional players in the more “recognized” sports can take a clue from a professional soccer player.

After Tyler Twellman has his career soccer career cut short by reoccurring symptoms of concussions other players are starting to realize there is more to life than soccer.  Take for example Chad Marshall, of the Columbus Crew;

The next head injury Chad Marshall suffers could be the last of the hulking Crew defender’s Major League Soccer career.Marshall is expected to play tonight in an exhibition game against New England after missing time because of concussion-like symptoms following a head injury on Feb. 21. He said the end is possible every time he takes a blow to the head.

“Every time I get hit in the head or kicked in the face, my mind immediately goes there,” said Marshall, who has suffered from concussion-like symptoms following head injuries at least seven times in his playing career. “It would be tough to hear someone say I had to stop. But I’m someone who wants to go on and have a family and be able to play with my children without having to stop and go sit down.”

With soccer, and especially as a defender the chances of sustaining a head injury are pretty good.  Granted there is not “full contact” Continue reading

This Is The Crap The NHL HAS To Stop

ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE; Max Pacioretty was removed via stretcher after this hit and has been reported to be moving all extremities, and will be examined at a Montreal hospital.

No matter the level of play or circumstances surrounding the players/teams, this hit by Zdeno Chara was DEPLORABLE!!!  He is a professional hockey player and knows the rink and his size versus other players…  I wonder what the “Don Cherry” Camp has to say about this.