Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/22/11 at 11:54 PM ET
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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