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Chris Pronger speaks up after season-ending diagnosis

Jan 14, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

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Chris Pronger is usually the kind of guy to give you a sarcastic remark in a post-game scrum.

Now that he’s out of action for the rest of the season thanks to severe post-concussion syndrome, he’s speaking up honestly about how he’s feeling in the wake of his brutal diagnosis.

“It is very, very tough right now. I don’t feel well and it hurts so much not to be playing.”

Knowing what’s ailing Pronger and seeing just this one, simple statement makes the whole situation that much more difficult to see. The problems Pronger had this year with taking a puck in the eye and his other assorted injuries on top of his concussion diagnosis makes a renowned villain into a sympathetic character.


  1. vismund11 - Jan 14, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    *stick to the eye. I was at that game. He caught a high stick.

  2. tommytd - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Chrissy Pronger is a moron.

    • emoser - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      Thanks for your valuable contribution to the conversation.

      • tommytd - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        You write what you want…I’ll write what I want!

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      @ least he is consistent with the same post for every Pronger article. Joke status.

  3. yettyskills - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Sounds like Chris needs to walk away. At least sit out next year and maybe give it one more go the season following. But “severe post-concussion syndrome” is enough reason to hang them up be pursue other things.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I’d also like to add to the conversation that Chrissy Pronger is a moron

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      You and tommytd must be Facebook friends.

  5. nhlbruins90 - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    They sacrifice the body in this game. Football too. They earn their success. And for all the success Pronger has had, I don’t envy him now. That’s a tough, slow recovery. Wish him well.

  6. jason9696 - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Tommytd and pavelfitzgerald sound like moronic Canuck fans.

    • tommytd - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Call me anything you want but PLEASE don’t call me a Canucklehead fan!

    • chihawkee - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      Actually, in the 2010 Cup Finals, the Chicago Tribune had the Chrissy Pronger thing as front page (in good fun, when he was healthy, during a great Finals series) so I’m guessing they might be ‘Hawks fans… as one myself, I think it’s a shame to poke fun at career/life threatening injuries. If they are fellow Blackhawks fans, don’t judge us all from those moronic comments.

  7. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Not even close. Anyone whose ever seen anything about Proger knows how big of a douche he is. I don’t wish concussions on anyone. Pronger has dished out his fair share (especially dirty ones) in his day

    P.S. I’m a Jets fan & think the Sedins are panzies just like anyone who doesn’t live in vancouver

  8. faccda01 - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    You sound like a hater. Pronger is one of the all time greats.

  9. hardheadcountryboy - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Ask the Blackhawks how they like Pronger….

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Ask Pronger who won the Stanley Cup that year .. ..

  11. me6661973 - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Get well big man or well if have to retire at least you had long life in the sport!

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