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Number of concussions has ‘stabilized’ compared to 2010-11

Mar 12, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

Although concussions have certainly made a big impact this season, the number sustained is on par with what we saw during the 2010-11 campaign.

“What I can say is we’re continually looking at all ways to bring this number down,” NHL vice president of hockey operations Kris King said. “The fact that it stabilized after a huge increase from two years ago is a positive I think.”

The NHL won’t release the exact figures, but the number of concussions jumped from 2009-10 to 2010-11. King credited the NHL with doing a good job of diagnosing concussions as part of the reason the numbers are high.

Unfortunately, there have been quite a few high profile concussion cases this season. In addition to Sidney Crosby’s long road to recovery, we’ve also seen Jonathan Toews, Claude Giroux, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Miller, Chris Pronger, and Kris Letang suffer from concussions or concussion-like symptoms at some point this season. Then of course, there’s Boston’s Marc Savard, who hasn’t played since Jan. 22, 2011.

  1. barkar942 - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    The knowledge of what a concussion really is that we all have today has now allowed a true definition for head injuries that have been going on throughout the years in hockey. Of course when you get a true medical definition and a set way to test for it the numbers will surge, which they have in the last couple of years. Now, with the advent of rules pertaining to head hunting taking effect, obviously many players think twice before making hits on other players in vulnerable positions. I notice the difference in many hits along the boards. Most players now make the proper moves to “finish the check” as opposed to “just go full bore and cream the other guy”.
    The new rules and the education of the players that has been going on this year are definitely good things.
    Hopefully we will never see another hit like the one that ended Marc Savard’s career.

  2. barkar942 - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    And speaking of rule changes, I wonder if the GM’s have ever thought of having the upstairs video official take a look when a high sticking call is made to be sure a player was hit with an opponents high stick and not one of his teammates sticks or his own. The TV video replays usually pretty clearly show what stick hit who. I cannot stand when a team gets a power play that clearly shows on replay is not deserved.
    Also, when a player gets cut in the face and neither ref makes a high sticking call, have them look at the play from upstairs to see if it was from an opponents high stick that was not seen by the refs on the ice and make the major call from upstairs at the next stoppage.
    Back in the playoffs a couple of years back, Chris Drury was blatantly high sticked and cut and neither ref saw it and the non-call changed the entire outcome of the game.
    If the TV guys can show us fans the replay as soon as there is a stoppage, then so can the video review judges upstairs or in Toronto.

    • joshuakorr - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:24 AM

      I agree. Why not take simple measures to make the calls accurate. It wouldn’t get rid of refs, it would simply use technology to make the game more fair. I can’t think of a single reason why this is an issue. It would hardly waste time. Fans always appreciate a fairly called game.

  3. rsl22 - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    No love for 19?

    Nicky Backstrom had 43 points in 38 games (tough kid, had played in 361 of 366 games since entering the league)…but you mention slew-foot Skinner?

    Backy’s absence has been brutal for the Caps. Thanks, Rene Bourque! You piece of sh….

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