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Concussions cut Adam Deadmarsh’s coaching career short

Jun 7, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

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Los Angeles Kings fans are probably in a great state of mind right now, but there’s often the stray memory of lesser times. Take Adam Deadmarsh, for example, who went from Colorado Cup-winner to Kings injury casualty because of an array of issues, most notably concussion problems. Deadmarsh eventually settled into an assistant coaching gig with the Avalanche, but Adrian Dater passes along profoundly sad news: concussions cut his coaching career short, too.

The slightly bright side is that Deadmarsh will remain with the team in a front office role, just not on the bench where a variety of elements would likely exacerbate those problems.

Dater passes along a message from Deadmarsh’s wife Christa:

“Adam was hurt (concussion issues) this season and decided that health/family and safety are his priority … Adam enjoyed coaching, but this was the right decision … We are back in Idaho and will love being close to our family again:) Hello Idaho friends … we are home:)”

Sad stuff.

  1. scionofflame - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Liked Adam when he played for the Avs, and I’m sure he’ll do just fine with their front office. Definitely hope he recovers from his concussion syndromes sooner than later.

  2. lidstrom5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM


  3. budt3rs - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    “pig” was one of my favorites during his time as a portland winterhawk in the whl

  4. DTF31 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I can still remember that KO he suffered from Jovanovski that I think started his injury issues.

  5. taytay099 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    I remember that fight and I really regret how happy I was watching Jovo knock him into next week. That was the beginning of the end for Deadmarsh.

  6. phreakin - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    How did he get hurt coaching this year? And how does a prior concussion hinder him coaching on the bench

    • joshuakorr - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:19 AM

      It hinders coaching because a concussion is a brain injury. I had one and I need an occupational therapist to help me learn how to remember things, and to help me learn how to think in an orderly fashion again. Its hard to describe whats its like but you end up very disoriented and moody. I had way less capacity to function for a long time, and I only took one check to the head.

  7. istillbelieveinblue - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I’m a Wings fan, so I naturally hated the Avs, but I always had a tremendous amount of respect for Deadmarsh.

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