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Primeau calls Crosby “ambassador for people who have brain injuries”

Dec 13, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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Keith Primeau — 14-year NHLer and outspoken advocate for concussion prevention — is praising Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for displaying courage and foresight in the face of his latest concussion setback.

“Crosby is an ambassador for people who have brain injuries and who have endured head trauma,” Primeau told the Tribune-Review. “People are looking up to his courage as we speak.”

Primeau was forced into retirement at age 34 after suffering a series of concussions (four of them documented). Now 39, Primeau still struggles daily with the after-effects — he told the Canadian Press in November that exertion and exercise makes him lightheaded.

As such, Primeau is now the driving force behind, a website he co-founded. It’s designed to heighten awareness about baseline testing, post-concussion syndrome, CTE and more.

In speaking about Crosby, Primeau appreciated the patience and caution shown by No. 87 when he didn’t feel well following Monday’s loss to Boston. Professional athletes don’t always put their health first, according to Primeau.

“For me and my quest, seeing Sidney do the right thing is special,” he said. “The culture we’re brought up in with the hockey world just tells us to play through injuries. That may seem like courage, but it really isn’t.

“This is an injury that can be debilitating. The fact is, Sidney had the courage to speak up when something wasn’t right. Good for him. Maybe people don’t realize it, but that’s a true sign of courage. It really is.”

  1. abrienza428 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Primeau is right.

  2. kingjoe1 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Oh no, Primeau is lighted headed after working out, no no no not that. What about all those folks who get arthritis from fixing cars or air conditioners? Should all these folks be concerned about or it is that just the people who make millions need be worried about?

    The concussion issue has been absurdly overblown.

    I hope Crosby does retire. I am tired of him whining about a little headache. I have a room full of staff who get headaches from the blazing bright lights everyday in the office. I have folks whose fingers are constants aching from turning wrenches, guess what it is part of the job so get on with it and stop being so darn soft.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:09 AM

      Ah, blue-collars. You’d think the humour would fade in time, but every time I hear you people start talking, I crack up again. It just never stops being funny, listening to you talk like you’re educated.

  3. notlisteninganymore - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    @kingjoe1 – you must be light headed all of the time due to lack of grey matter!

  4. michiganhockey11 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Primeau has don’t great stuff with his organization. The league need to mandate the device his organization recommends on players helmets that is used by some NFL players currently to measure impacts from colisions.

  5. michiganhockey11 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    has done*

  6. charlutes - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Cosby’s done.

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