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RIP Daniel Garza

Dr Daniel Garza didn't play hockey, and he wasn't an NHL team physician.  But because of his work, a lot more NHL players and hockey players in general, won't be suffering from brain injuries. His work in the area of traumatic brain injuries and concussions contributed to the understanding of how head injuries happen in sports, and more importantly, how to prevent them.

Dr Garza died on October 15. He will be missed.

From Stanford University News:

Daniel Garza, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and of emergency medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, and a Bay Area sports medicine physician, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15 at his home.

Garza's primary research focused on the prevention of traumatic brain injury in athletes. He was conducting extensive studies on the risk of concussions by fitting athletes with mouthpieces to measure the impact of collisions.

Garza worked as the medical director and team physician for the San Francisco 49ers and also worked with intercollegiate teams within Stanford Athletics.  Garza taught undergraduate human physiology, sports medicine and exercise anatomy at Stanford.

"Dan Garza was very dedicated to sports medicine, to teaching human physiology and to his research to improve recovery and treatment outcomes for athletes," said William Maloney, MD, professor and chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery. "He was persistent in his desire to find solutions to one of the most concerning areas in our field, the prevention of concussions and head trauma. We are saddened by his loss and the loss to our profession."

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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies

23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.

On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.

I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.

We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.

It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!