Jan 14, 2012, 4:37 PM EST
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.
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