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by Paul on 01/20/11 at 12:02 AM ET
from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
His words are measured and without self-pity. Yes, he will add his voice to those crying out for more respect among National Hockey League players, but attempts to get Eric Lindros to connect his own history of concussions to what Sidney Crosby is going through, or about to go through, get nowhere.
After a career ruined by six concussions and resulting political battles with a game and power structure that didn’t want to know what it was really dealing with, Lindros is all too aware that each concussion, let alone each person’s response to it, is unique, both in terms of rehabilitation and reintegration into the game. The star player is targeted; the third or fourth-liner worries about his job. Culture change? Good luck with that.
“What happens is you get tagged as being concussion prone, and there’s a huge decline in the respect you get because of it,” Lindros said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “It’s people trying to make their name, you know? It’s little things that occur after the play, like when it switches out of the corner and the play goes up the ice and you’re spinning around heading back up to back check and – bam! You know … where they kind of catch you.”
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