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by Paul on 01/21/11 at 05:50 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A view from the front lines of the NHL’s concussion debate must, of necessity, include a chat with the Minnesota Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who missed a staggering 104 games over parts of two seasons recovering from a pair of debilitating, career-threatening concussions.
Bouchard never ever thought he would be out as long he was, which goes to the heart of the concussion conundrum. At the time the injuries occur, the players themselves are in the worst position to self-diagnose because they are, after all, suffering from a brain injury that impairs judgment.
“Concussions are really tricky,” Bouchard was saying, before the Wild clobbered Calgary 6-0 to sweep the two Alberta teams and unexpectedly move into contention for a playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Bouchard is scoring again, but freely acknowledges that even 24 games into his return, he has not got his old form back.
“To be honest, I don’t think it’s there, 100 per cent yet,” said Bouchard. “I was out for so long. Some games, I feel my game is there. Sometimes, I know there’s part of my game that can still be better - that what I used to do in the past, I can be better doing. It’s been okay. There are good things and bad things I do in the game, but I think I’m heading in the right direction.”
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