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Clowe ‘concerned’ with history of concussions

Dec 7, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

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New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe has been out of action since suffering a concussion against Winnipeg on October 13. He’s played just six games this season, but he’s returned to skating and is aiming to return soon.

His history of concussion issues has him nervous, however, as he tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

“I can’t really control what happens, but I’d probably be lying to you by saying it’s not really some concern when you have these things, but just as long as it’s not affecting how I play or when I get back if I’m thinking about it, that’s the most important thing,” Clowe said.

Clowe suffered three different head or neck injuries last season, one with San Jose and two with the New York Rangers. He told Gulitti he came back too soon from the concussion he suffered against Carolina as a Ranger in late April and was finished off when he was hit by Jason Chimera in the playoffs.

One way or the other, the Devils have to be concerned seeing Clowe dealing with another concussion so early into the season and with four more years left on his contract after this one.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Hope he can stay clear of concussions for the rest of his career. Not likely considering his role in the league. Just hope when he retires he won’t have many lingering effects from the head injuries.

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      One of my favorite all-time Sharks. Sad to hear he’s dealing with this, especially with the news of Scott Parker and the problems he’s now having coming out last week. Take care, Clowey.

  2. missthemexpos - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Clowe mentions coming back too soon last April, did he come back against the Doctor’s orders? or were the Doctors to blame for sending him back before he was ready?

  3. gbditka - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I think Lou was suffering from a concussion when he gave Clowe a 5 year deal. Not optimistic he ever plays up to what he was guaranteed. But on the bright side, the Devils lead the NHL in passes, missed shots on goal, and ability to score in a shoot-out. (Thanks Reid Boucher for demonstrating to the Vets on how to accomplish that part of the game Wednesday night)

  4. 950003cups - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Maybe he’ll retire after this season. Or at the very most, after next season. He made a lot of money in his career. No need to have the concussions make you wanna go crazy later in life like Junior Seau.

  5. joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Gino Odjick, Rick Rypien, Derek Boogard, Paul Oliver, Mike Webster, Terry Long, Dave Duerson, Ray Easterling, Bod Probert, etc…. “Ann McKee is a leading authority on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that is most commonly found in athletes participating in boxing, American football, ice hockey, and other contact sports. She has found evidence of CTE in over 70 of the athletes that she has examined, including three NHL enforcers and 18 NFL players. A football fan herself, McKee has presented her findings to National Football League officials and testified before the United States House Judiciary Committee.”

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