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by George Malik on 12/28/11 at 08:28 AM ET
A few weeks ago, former Philadelphia Flyers GM Bobby Clarke weighed in on the NHL’s concussion problem, insisting that allowing obstruction and the NHL choosing to suspend players instead of allowing them to police themselves via fighting were the roots of the spate of concussions, and this morning, one of the players whose career came to an end in no small part due to concussions suffered and rushed back from under Clarke’s watch, Eric Lindros, spoke to the Kingston Whig-Standard’s Ian MacAlpine about the same issue:
“The game’s has gotten too fast,” he said outside the Frontenacs dressing room after his one-hour morning session.
That speed comes at a price for the players’ safety, he said.
“The red line is out and the game’s quicker. It’s inevitable there’s going to be more (concussions). They knew that when they took the red line out. So they sacrificed that for speed.”
Lindros hopes the issue stays in the forefront.
“There been a number of good articles and related material that truly point to the direction of playing safe, and not just looking at our game but other games and seeing what can be avoided.”
Lindros donated $5 million to the London Health Sciences Centre upon his retirement in 2007 for concussion research. It is believed to be among the largest donations to the health centre and also one of the largest donations to any cause by a Canadian athlete. The money was earmarked for the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, where he was treated by the centre’s co-founder, Dr. Peter Fowler, during his NHL career.
“There’s going to be concussions,” Lindros said. “What we can do is, as soon as it happens, make sure to give the player every chance to get back on the ice as quickly as possible but to be the 100% they’re accustomed to.”
Continued with talk about Lindros visiting the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs…
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