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by Paul on 04/02/12 at 02:31 PM ET
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The media immediately coined the term, “The Quiet Room.” NHL officials proudly announced that the new protocol would be in place “starting tonight.”
That was on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
Today, more than a year later, the NHL’s innovative concussion protocol is all just a fuzzy memory. And isn’t that ironic?
“Quiet Room?,” Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andy Sutton said, repeating the question. “I’ve never heard of The Quiet Room.”
There is no Quiet Room in the NHL today, no mandated time period for assessment after a potential head injury. There is a protocol, but one that falls short of what was announced a year ago. The result has seen plenty of players—from stars like Kris Letang, Daniel Sedin and Brent Seabrook, to everyday pluggers like Edmonton’s Theo Peckham—going back out a few dangerous shifts after a head shot, before succumbing to the reality that, yes, they are concussed.
Was The Quiet Room simply a diversion to satisfy critics in the wake of the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty, the turnbuckle incident that had occurred the week before the GM’s meetings?
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