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The Silent Battle: Concussions and Mental Health

10/18/2021 at 6:44pm EDT

Two weeks ago the hockey world was shocked when Carey Price, the goalie who carried the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup this past summer, announced he would be entering the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. This came out of nowhere from one of the most consistent and quiet performers in the NHL. It was a statement which came out of nowhere and surprised many people (including GM Marc Bergevin).

I'm writing this post today because when I read the explanation from Carey's wife about the situation I could immediately relate. People in the hockey world were shocked and incredulous that the Canadiens organization didn't know this was coming. But I understood it. I knew exactly where Carey was coming from. I wrote a comment on that Kukla's Korner post where I explained my personal experiences - things I had only told a handful of people. These were things I had previously felt embarrassed and ashamed to write, but it was so easy to identify with Carey that I had no hesitation writing a post about it.

So what's my story? In 2016 I experienced my first ever concussion. I wish I had a great story about how it happened, but I don't. According to my wife I passed out while I was standing in the bathroom at home and hit my head on the granite countertop. She was asleep but woke up from the sound; she came into the bathroom and I do remember her screaming at me. I thought I had done something wrong for her to be yelling at me, so what do I do? I stuttered to get up, walked to bed, and then fell asleep.

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