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Concussions Related To Damaged Brain In Deceased Hockey Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Even in death, Reggie Fleming’s brain is sending messages.

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have determined the former NHL player, who endured multiple concussions during his career, suffered from degenerative brain disease at the time of his death. This marks the first time a hockey player has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and adds to the growing concern about the long-term effect of concussions in hockey and the price exacted by the game’s physical nature….

Fleming also suffered from strokes and a heart attack in his later years but his brain tissue showed “typical CTE pathology,” according to McKee.

“The changes in [Fleming’s] brain were very similar to the changes we’ve found in [12] football players and [five] boxers,” McKee said. “This case also points out that individuals who suffer from CTE are often misdiagnosed during life and may be told that they are suffering from a psychiatric disorder, such as bipolar disease, or later in life, from Alzheimer’s disease.”

read on

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Ready, Set, Vomit…Down Goes Hank

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update: Bruce MacLeod reported via Twitter that Zetterberg has a shoulder issue and drove himself to get an MRI.  MacLeod also mentioned that of all the injured Wings, Filppula is the closest to returning.

Prepare to pump bilges.  Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Williams, Niklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary, Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson and now…


Photo courtesy of David Guralnick/Detroit News

Latest word, and only word we have, is that it was upper body. 

My personal feeling is that it’s a concussion, but from the way he was flattened it could be anything from head to rib to shoulder to spleen.  He was wrecked.

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Zetterberg Done For The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zeterberg is done for the night with an upper body injury after taking a shoulder check from Mattias Öhlund of the Lightning.

added 9:00pm, Video of the hit…


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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Coming To The Live Blog?  You’ll Get Some Leg Tonite For Sure

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I love me some capitalization (see how I did that?) 

And hey, if you don’t get any leg?  Apologize, throw some final accusations around, whimper a bit, play the martyr card, whimper a bit more and hope you can just erase 16 December right off the map.

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Koci Gets Fined For Hit On Green, No Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

A pair of National Hockey League disciplinary hearings has resulted in fines, but not suspensions.

David Koci of the Colorado Avalanche has been fined for his hit on Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green, while Ottawa Senators winger Jarkko Ruutu has been fined for his hit on Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta.


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  Tags: david+koci

Little Brother With Some Sack?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Well, at least the media in Chicago is showing some.  I don’t have access to the Hawk room.  Apparently my grammar isn’t good enough to get in.  I can, however, read. Hopefully, so can most of the Wings.

Blackhawk Confidential

No matter how far these Blackhawks have come this year, and it has been an exciting climb into the NHL elite, it remains a matter of sound mental health for Blackhawks fans to be able to say that they truly have the dead wings out of their system, barbecued and burnt beyond recognition with injury losses of Nik Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary and Valtteri Filppula.

And then…

Let’s beat Detroit. Not once. But twice. Let’s all move on in life and leave the dead Wings to the hanky brigade.

Man.  That guy’s gonna get his access taken away if he keeps showing all that bias.  See you guys tonite for the Live Blog @1830.  Van Halen’s still our huckleberry.


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Expect To See Goaltenders In New Cities

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, .

..That makes eight teams, all with post-season aspirations, that have some degree of goaltending concerns. Now, not all of them will look externally for solutions, but as we get closer to the March 3 trade deadline, there is no doubt at least a few franchises will be hankering for changes to be made.

If his contract demands aren’t especially onerous (and at this stage of the year, he’d be certifiable if they were), Fernandez could be the best option out there. He wouldn’t cost any prospects, draft picks or roster players to acquire, which can’t be said for Biron, Roloson or most other candidates to be dealt.


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Koci Didn’t Try To Hurt Green

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talked to David Koci briefly today. He’s sorry for the hit on Washington’s Mike Green. That almost certainly won’t stop a suspension of him from happening by the NHL (they probably won’t hand down a ruling until tomorrow or Saturday), but here’s what he had to say:

continue for the video of Koci saying his “focus was not to hurt someone”...

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  Tags: david+koci, mike+green

Tortorella Takes Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Twitter of Larry Brooks,

Redden Kotalik scratched

added 1:21pm, Tortorella post-game conference after the loss to the Islanders last night.

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  Tags: john+tortorella

Senators Entice Fans With Free Parking & Cheaper Tickets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

With attendance down more than six per cent this season, the Ottawa Senators are turning to price reductions and free parking to try and boost season ticket numbers.

The Senators are averaging 17,871 in attendance after 19 games and the season ticket base is down to 10,000 after peaking at 13,000 two years ago (following the team’s appearance in the Stanley Cup final).

At a press conference at Scotiabank Place Thursday morning, team president Cyril Leeder outlined several new initiatives designed to boost those numbers:


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