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Chris Pronger is reportedly resting at home, could return in 10 days

Oct 24, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

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Mike Brophy reports that Chris Pronger is “home and resting” after what looked like a very scary eye injury tonight. He left the ice immediately after taking a high stick to the face, letting out a frightening scream that was audible during the telecast. Brophy indicates that doctors told Pronger he “should be OK” after that scare.

CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio reports that Pronger will be on bed rest for three days but could return in as soon as 10 days. Pronger is dealing with swelling around that eye, but again, it seems like he avoided a major problem. (Panaccio reports that Pronger will wear a face shield, at least to start.)

Naturally, this close call will probably bring the mandatory visors debate back to hockey forums. Sooner or later another player is going to have his career cut short because of a scary injury, but it doesn’t seem like many players are taking note of these incidents unless it affects them directly.

Either way, it’s a relief to hear that Pronger is OK in the big picture, but we’ll have to wait and see if that diagnosis is a little bit optimistic. Even a player as tough as Pronger would seemingly need more time to deal with what looked like a very dangerous moment, but initial reports are very positive. Stay tuned for updates.

  1. stakex - Oct 25, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    Quite a few people have had their career cut short due to eye injuries. I have no idea why the debate about shields gets brought up every single time such an injury occures. I mean, everyone knows these injuries are possible… so why all the suprise when it does happen?

    Every single player out there has the choice to wear a shield. If they choose not to and get hurt, its their own fault…. but it should still be their choice.

    • spiffy53 - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      actually, i am surprised it’s still a players decision. too much money on the line for both the player and the team. i wear a shield and have no problems. the new shields are so much better than they were before.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Yea it’s ashame that this happened to Prongs. I do wonder if guys really take into account what happened to Bryan Berard. If I played in the NHL, I’d wear the Dany Heatley visor (Oakley modified Pro Aviator). But like Stakex said, I still should be their choice. Thankfully Prongs didn’t suffer any eye lose.

  3. kellyb9 - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    You know, I’ll preface this by saying I’ve never played hockey on any level (and I’ll likely get voted down for saying this), but even with the use of a visor someone could get hit in the face/eye. I’ve seen numerous instances of this. How come nobody ever brings up wearing full cages or some kind of visor/cage hybrid? I know it won’t look too hot, but with pucks and sticks flying around it seems to make a hell of a lot of sense.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      No you are right. But hockey players let their pride get in the way. You would be considered soft if you wore a cage in the NHL. Cages are only worn when an injury has already occurred. There are some visors that cover from the top lip up.

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