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Doing Something About Concussions

On a daily basis, I try to make the right decision on what stories, columns or blogs I should post.  Sometimes I see a story, think to myself the KK readers have had enough on this topic and move on.

I saw this piece by Stu Hackel a few days ago and decided to skip it, but my mind kept going back to it, so I am presenting it a few days late.

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

When 28 players were concussed in December, we titled our post on the subject ”An Awful Month for NHL Concussions.” The way Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden sees it, however, it would be a mistake to believe that this epidemic of head injuries is a temporary condition, and that the game will get past it the way one gets over a cold. We’re better off thinking that this painful situation is the way things in the NHL will continue to be.

“Everybody takes bad news and reacts in a certain kind of way,” he said over the phone from Toronto last week. “You ignore it, you deny it, you argue against it, all those sorts of things. But if it’s there and it doesn’t go away, eventually you need to confront it. Well, why not cut through the ignoring, the denying, the arguing back, and get to confronting it a little bit faster? Because it’s just a fact of life. Gary Bettman and (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell know what next week’s headlines are going to be. They’re there.”

Dryden isn’t interested in fixing blame as much as starting to fix the problem. “It’s not a matter of pointing fingers; we know how difficult it is to deal with,” he says. ”We can accept the fact that not much, and much less than should have been done, has been done.”

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This is all well and good, but I doubt that Gary Bettman even knows who Ken Dryden is….

Posted by Kale from Jackson MI on 01/24/12 at 02:20 PM ET

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