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Scatchard Discusses His Reason To Retire

from Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star,

Scatchard’s voice cracked with emotion at times during a remarkably candid telephone interview Monday with the Star after he announced his retirement on Twitter — especially when he was talking about his kids and the end of his career.

“Even today I have trouble pushing my kids on a swing set,” said Scatchard from his home in Phoenix. “Just the motion makes me really nauseous. Wrestling around with them on the ground, I can only do it for a minute or two and then I just feel sick. Any rolling motions or spinning motions just completely send me for a loop.”...

“I’m happy that the doctor basically told me straight out there was zero chance of me playing because it kind of put me in my place,” said Scatchard, sounding anything but happy. “I believe the doctor’s exact words were he wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if he let me continue to play.”

Scatchard suspects that concussions played a role in the recent tragic death of former Vancouver tough guy Rick Rypien.


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Hank1974's avatar

This is when guys like Scatchard have to start banging the drum to get safer equipment in the game.
No more Knights-of-the-Round-Table type shoulder & elbow pads!

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/23/11 at 10:46 AM ET


Seamless glass seems be gone, now add more flex to the boards and do something about the dasher.

Better education among the training and coaching staffs is still required. “How you feeling?” should not be a diagnostic standard to determine if a player is ready to go. Ten minutes in a quiet room is a step in the right direction, but they couldn’t diagnose Sid in a full day between games.

Stiffer penalties for hits from behind and late hits. Then hopefully Shanahan will have the stones to impose supplemental discipline.

Better education on protecting yourself. We have become reliant on assuming because you are right you are protected. Bad assumption, being right can still put you in a position to be seriously hurt. this isn’t to put the onus on the victim, but don’t wear meat pants in a tiger cage.

Players can skate faster since obstruction has been removed, but they don’t think or handle the puck any better at higher speeds. Re-think skating full speed makes for more entetaining hockey.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/23/11 at 01:55 PM ET

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