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PHT Morning Skate: Scott Parker’s post-career concussion struggle

Dec 2, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

Scott Parker AP

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If you missed this from over the weekend, make it your mandatory read today. Former Avalanche forward Scott Parker has been retired from hockey for six years and battles concussion issues still to this day. (The Denver Post)

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You better believe Tim Thomas wants to represent the United States in Sochi. (Miami Herald)

Among the many problems the Edmonton Oilers have, their power play is high on the list at the moment. (Edmonton Journal)

  1. joey4id - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Parker’s story is sad one. I would not trade the health that I have for his and to have played in the NHL. The man is slowly dying. The symptoms of CTE will get worse and worse until it gets the best of him. All this for a little over 300 games and $4.7 mil.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      “The symptoms of CTE will get worse and worse until it gets the best of him.”

      I’m glad doctors tend to have more optimism than you. How about hoping for some sort of cure instead of planning the dude’s demise?

      Of all the talk you do about player safety, you rarely show an actual, unfettered sense of compassion for them…. this is why people think you simply have an agenda, not a point.

      • joey4id - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Are you serious? What the hell are you talking about? There is no cure or CTE. You have to prevent it as opposed to manage it. Why do you think I’m so passionate about the topic, and opposed to fighting. Educate yourself instead of writing comment that make you look ignorant. You’re smarter than that. Remember what I wrote when you asked that I stop copying and pasting. In case you don’t I worte; “I do research and take notes.”

        “Currently there is no cure for CTE; physicians can only treat the symptoms.”

      • ibieiniid - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        The key word there is “currently.”

      • joey4id - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Yes! And in the mean time let players punch themselves to the road of CTE, Because we know that curing this disease is right around the corner. Just like healing cancer caused by tobacco. You know what? Just move one. Just punch yourself silly, and drink like a whole. They may one day find a cure for cirrhosis of the liver.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        I’m not trying to make a point about your stance on fighting. I agree with some of the things you say. but the way you put your ideas out there seems like you care more about making your point than the players themselves.

      • joey4id - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        There are a couple of reasons why don’t have the proper perception; 1) as in texting, blogging does not convey emotions. Which is why I encourage to call or have face to face interactions when it’s time to take about serious topics 2) All my comments about concussions have been factual (which tends to make for dry reading) in the hopes of stimulating logic as opposed to emotions. For example; rather than writing about personal experiences with respect to loved ones dying tobacco related cancer I will write that “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women.” and “deaths from lung cancer is 159,490”. This may make me uncompassionate in your view.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Good points.

        And I know you mean well, I wasn’t trying to say that you DON’T care about the players (just that it seems that way), I just think your message would be better conveyed with less numbers, and more about the people. That’s the thing that’s overlooked in all this by those that are pro-everything-fighting, these are people and their lives go on after hockey. It’s appalling to see how little care is shown for some of these guys on this class action suit. “Well they only played 10 games.” Yeah, maybe they would have played more if it weren’t for their heads… not to mention, they’re still essentially working for the NHL while they’re playing in the AHL or CHL. I think Yerdon’s strategy of urging us to read this story about an individual and his struggles with CTE is far more effective than shooting all these numbers at us. But I agree, compassion only goes so far with some people.

      • joey4id - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        There is an undeniable effect on human quality of life when it comes to concussions, and I have often written that it’s on thing to feel some pain in a joint when you’re picking up your kid, but when it comes to the lasting effects of concussions, it’s a whole different reality when you can’t remember your kid’s name. Suffice to say that we need real life examples as referenced in Yerdon’s article, and statistics that support the need for action. Too often we ignore a problem until we see both the consequences and frequencies of occurrence.


  2. blackhawksdynasty - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Joey you need to find another hobby. Every regular PHT reader knows how passionate you are about avoiding head injuries. The problem is that the overwhelming majority of guys who play hockey for a living are vastly opposed to eliminating fighting from the game. YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR WAY!!!!! GET OVER IT!!!!!

    • joey4id - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Here’s the good news. There is hope because Yzerman, Bowman, Shero, and Rutherford have expressed their desire to hand out game misconducts to players who engage in a fight. Plus, the recent law suit against the NHL by former players can lead to the end of fighting. You don’t ask the hit men in the mob if knocking off their rival gang members should be eliminated. Nor should you as the players if fighting should be eliminated or ask the owners because they benefit from the perceived revenue stream. Therefore, let the science speak. The data is out there, and there are more Scott Parker like stories out there that need to be told. How many more need to suffer from an incurable decease before YOU and others get it? You can’t solve a real problem with a bunch of false perceptions about how fighting can help regulate the game. Every week there are fights that occur which have no relation with the perceived notion that they help regulate the game. Parros vs Orr, Bieksa vs Boyle (Boyle was just holding on) Boyle and Chara (again Boyle was just holding on). All these occurred last week. Foligno laid out Carter after which he felt bad.

  3. skr213 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I have to be one of the very few people to actually have a Sharks Parker jersey. Loved that guy. It’s always on my to do list that if I go to Colorado I have to go to his barber shop.

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