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Chris Pronger’s wife speaks out about his condition

Feb 19, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

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As reported by Tim Panaccio of, Chris Pronger’s wife, Lauren, said that Pronger is no longer himself “and it’s not in a good way.” Chris hasn’t played since Nov. 19 because of a concussion and he’s not expected to return this season.

“Right now, we’re just hoping for his health to come back,” Lauren said. “That is our priority.” Lauren thinks Pronger should be talking to Keith Primeau, who has spent the last six years struggling with post-concussion syndrome.

“That has been brought up a lot lately,” she said. “There are a lot of parallels between the two [men]. I think Chris is starting to realize now that he should be in communication with him.”

The thought of dealing with post-concussion syndrome for anything close to that long has to be a scary prospect, and based on what Lauren said, it has weighed on Chris.

“I think this is very, very frightening for Chris,” Lauren said. “He’s been able to battle through so much and come out of it, but this is different for him. This is really tough on Chris. He wants to be out here more than anyone. This is his life, this is his passion. And this is tough.”

The Philadelphia Flyers have tried to adapt to life without Pronger by trading for Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman. Maybe they will succeed or maybe they won’t; only time will tell. Either way, Pronger has unfortunately become one the latest example of just how devastating a concussion can be.

  1. dsd3 - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    So sad. Get well soon, Chris.

  2. bluesrawesome - Feb 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Ya good luck to Chris hockey is great but god these concussion just suck the Blues know a lot about concussions, but good luck to Chris.

  3. bensawesomeness - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Never liked having to watch my team play against him, but the reports from his wife are heartbreaking

    Get well soon, Chris, we’re all pullin for ya

  4. tjthedjvan - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    With all of the talk on all of the other sites about Sidny Crosby you would have thought that players such as Pronger and Primeau who have been going through just as bad if not worse times with their health.I really feel for their families who also have to go through this with them

  5. kitshky - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    What kinda pathetic chump thumbs down saying “get well”?

  6. necromerlin - Feb 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a classier guy. You reap what your elbows sow Crissy. If only you can come back so someone can stomp on you before you retire.

  7. murtdurt - Feb 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    It’s weird when there’s a similar article written on Sidney Crosby every comment has to do with Sid being a baby and how he should just quit. But when an article is written on Pronger people wish him well?? Funny world we live in

  8. rexadelphia8 - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Crosby is a puss

    • kitshky - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Youre logic is overwhelming.

  9. modellforprez - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    takes one to kno one ey puss

  10. obamablowz - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Huge Flyers fan and I say this from the heart…RETIRE and enjoy your family life. It kills me as a hockey fan, but as a human, its just a game.

  11. brimab - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    On the ice I can’t stand that dude, but I sure don’t like to read this. Get well soon Chris, I’m pulling for you.

  12. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 20, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    this is great to hear!

  13. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    And people say Soupcan is a crybaby? At least you don’t here any of SIDs women complaining. Actually his ladies need him to get back on the ice to allow there achy loins proper healing

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