Kris Letang Injury – Pittsburgh Penguins

I was notified of this injury/incident from @beezee05 on Saturday as it unfolded.  Since I had no way of watching what had happened the initial information was via twitter.  From the reports I gathered that Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins was hit in the head by a check from Max Pacioretty that not only dropped Letang but produced the appearance of unsteadiness after the hit.  Here is the hit;

Not only did Pacioretty’s shoulder make principal contact with the head (agreed upon and explained by Brendan Shanahan of the NHL), Letang was having a difficult time maintaining his steadiness on all fours.  Not to mention the blood pouring from his nose.  Granted hockey players are tough, it appears that there was more than a “broken nose” on that play.  The signs are there, albeit subtle, of a concussion.  Add to the fact that Letang needed assistance from teammates to get to the bench, seen here (NSFW); Continue reading

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Editorial: Nick Mercer

Nick Mercer has concussiontalk.com 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