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Toews hopes to play Thursday, Quenneville says that’s up to Toews

Apr 3, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

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According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews could be in the lineup when Chicago takes on Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center this Thursday.

But according to ‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville, only Toews can make the decision.

“It’s up to him,” Quenneville told the Sun-Times after Tuesday’s practice. “He’s progressing enough that he’ll make that call.”

Toews has missed the last 20 games with a concussion, but has practiced thoroughly over the last two weeks without setback. On Tuesday, he even flung himself into the boards after celebrating a goal, suggesting absorbing contact isn’t a problem.

That said, Toews is still preaching caution.

“Even when I’m ready to start playing again, there’s still going to be some days where you’re going to have to progress towards feeling like myself again,” he said. “I haven’t made that decision for Thursday yet. I have another full day before that.

“I’ll practice with the guys and we’ll see how that goes and come Thursday we’ll make a decision.”

  1. iamanidiotfan - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    I’ve been following the issue of concussions for some time, both in the NHL and the NFL. I’ve seen multiple stories about how helmet companies are designing football helmets specifically to prevent concussions, and that independent comparative studies are being done to compare which helmets work best to prevent concussions.

    Are there any similar studies done on hockey helmets? You’d think with all this talk of player safety and concussion awareness, that someone has done a study showing that company X has the safest helmets. All I’ve seen is using CSA and HECC approved helmets, but nothing saying which helmets are the best to reduce concussions. You’d think with all of the kids who play amateur hockey that someone might think this was important. Anyone know?

  2. rgledz - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    There is the Messier helmet that is far more advanced that the buckets alot of the players wear. It’s a bit bigger and looks slightly different and has not seen the popularity that it should. Alot of the high school teams in Minnesota are using the Messier helmet and I think for good reason. The technology in hockey helmets has never really changed much, with that being the exception. Look it up on line and see the benefits, it really makes sense. It should be mandatory if they really want to curb the head injuries.

    • iamanidiotfan - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      I think that makes a lot of sense. If that helmet beats the standard by 50% like it claims, then they should be asking players to make the change.

      Of course, when players were being forced to wear helmets for the first time, there were hockey people criticizing the change, because it was taking away a player’s right to choose to wear a helmet or not. And when they’re talking about making visors mandatory, or making players wear helmets in warm-up, you’re seeing resistance from players. Probably another thing they won’t make changes on, just wait for things to slowly change.

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