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“We play this great game [in which] I get into a car wreck six times a night, 82 times a year, plus playoffs, now in my 13th season at the professional level.  The rest of my teammates do, too. How many people get into a car wreck in their [entire] life? Hopefully never, but maybe once in their life?”

“[Hitting is] part of the game. We accept that, we know it can happen. It’s a physical game. We go out and play the sport knowing that, and that’s what makes it great, fast, [and] exciting. I’d just like to see us take away all the things that are in our control to not have my peers susceptible to [concussions].”

-Willie Mitchell of the Los Angeles Kings.  More from Mitchell on concussions from Gann Matsuda of Frozen Royalty.

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Nate A's avatar

Well put.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 12/29/11 at 03:55 PM ET


IMO, he’s saying that some players need to remove the HARD ELBOW and SHOULDER PADS.

Players using them as weapons is where the concussions are coming from.

The NHL needs to establish a standard for pads.  When was the last time a player got a separated shoulder?  15 years ago it happened 2 or 3 times per season.  Now I haven’t heard of a hockey player with a shoulder injury in a VERY long time.  What does that tell you?

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas on 12/29/11 at 04:31 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Wow, really really well said by Mitchell. Hopefully his peers will listen to him and he can be a leader in the NHLPA rank and file, especially when it comes to player safety.

Posted by Nathan from wasting perfect passes from my teammates on 12/29/11 at 04:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Lucid, compelling, persuasive.  Well done, Willie.

Agree that I hope the league is listening.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/29/11 at 05:50 PM ET


Now I haven’t heard of a hockey player with a shoulder injury in a VERY long time.  What does that tell you?

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas on 12/29/11 at 01:31 PM ET

I believe they call them “Upper Body Injuries” these days.

Posted by RyanVM on 12/29/11 at 07:13 PM ET

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