Rooting For Marc Savard

It’s a sad story indeed, this whole head-shot/concussion issue, and now a really fine player is paying a big price. Boston’s Marc Savard, sufferer of too many concussions during his career, won’t play this season and may never play again.

It’s tragic that this has happened, and I hope this classy player comes back as soon as possible for many more great years. And here’s hoping Sidney Crosby, with  similar problems, is also back soon.

The story  can be seen here, from (Thanks again, Danno).

14 thoughts on “Rooting For Marc Savard”

  1. As much as I may make fun of the Bruins or other teams and their players I don’t wish this on anyone. I actually felt bad for him during the playoffs. They showed him quite a bit during the playoffs and when the Bruins won it (sigh) I can only image how it must have felt for him.

    If Sidney misses this year as well (could be possible) then they really need to get their acts together and ban all shots to the head.

  2. Dennis, there’s more sad news. Former NHL enforcer Wade Belak has died at 35 years of age according to the Sporting News and QMI agency.

    There’s no word on the cause yet.

    This is what they are reporting:

    “Former NHL player Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto hotel on Wednesday, according to a report by the QMI Agency, a Canadian media outlet.

    Belak, 35, retired in March after his 15th season in the NHL. A 6-5, 222-pound enforcer, Belak spent his final three seasons with the Nashville Predators. He also played for the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche.”

  3. We are losing concussed players that are still in depression at an alarming rate! Here is an article of mine written earlier.

    What is a concussion, as comprehended and explained by myself.

    I have been involved as a lay person with research pertaining to neurology at a major medical university.

    I have picked up a lot of information working first with veterinarian pathologists when I was doing research on my fox and mink ranch with calcium.

    And I have been involved lately with the neurology research dept from a major medical university. Only as the handler of the research birds involved in the study. So I do not profess to be an expert on the subject

    Pertaining to concussion,

    I will try to explain, the best that I can, what happens to the brain cells that have been concussed inside the skull. And why one must stay completely resting after a concussion.

    The very soft brain cells, when violently thrown against the skull, are damaged and the neuron releases a potassium chemical out of the brain cell. Leaving a void.

    Calcium that is already present around the outside of the cells, seeps into the cells replacing the potassium. This calcium is what gives the chemical imbalance to the brain and is what causes the damage.

    Until all of this calcium leaves the brain cells completely, and it can take a long time, depending on how much calcium was taken on each cell. The patient is left extremely vulnerable to instant death upon a second bump, or at least permanent brain damage.

    Even a hard coughing spell or light exercise can cause severe pain and damage. Complete rest is needed.

    These damaged cells have to be cleared completely of this calcium before one can resume activity to avoid more serious consequences including death.

    This is very acute in young people under the age of 24 as the brain is still growing and developing.

    Please, coaches and parents know this, every severe contact to the head can cause some cells to expel potassium and take on calcium. A second, even slight bump, with the cells still containing calcium, can be even more deadly.

    Ian Cobb

  4. Thank you, Ian. Really interesting and I applaude you for being involved in trying to end this type of thing.

  5. Hopefully things will get better soon. According to a CBC article to the right, the OHL is requiring softer shoulder and elbow pads. Eventually the NHL has to see the light and come to their senses.

    While the OHL improves player safety, the NHL introduces pointless automatic suspension if goalies fight. That occurs what, once every couple years and no one gets hurt.

  6. Chris, goalie fights are always a waste of time and the only reason nobody gets up and leaves the room is because it doesn’t happen very often.

  7. Hobo, you’re probably right because if a player is suspended a lengthy time, it will hurt his team, and his team’s owner is Buttman’s boss, as the other 29 owners are also. The last thing Buttman wants is to have a boss mad at him, so he can’t hurt the team by hurting the player too much.So the punishment will never be enough. When I’m owner I’ll be known as the anti-establishment rogue owner because I’ll be calling Butts in often to give him shit. I’ll be so anti-establishment I’ll be known as the Wavy Gravy of NHL owners.

  8. not only punishment, guys get hurt when there is no intent, oh there’s that word again. what about things a two yr, old would deal with, equipment, no touch icing etc. etc.

  9. It’s true, Hobo. Some equipment changes, the icing thing…why do wait so long? Sometimes I really wonder about the NHL and the people who run it.

  10. I can’t understand why it’s taking so long for the league to accept no-touch icing. That’s an area where many needless and severe injuries have taken place. The change would not diminish the game at all in my opinion.

  11. I don’t understand either, Danno, about the no-touch icing. How hard is it to change a little thing like this? It’s actually mind-boggling that nothing has been done.

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