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Let's talk about Concussions: Part I - understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

Sidney Crosby, Chris Pronger, Mark Savard, to name a few. There has recently been a plethora of concussions and head injuries in the NHL – and with some of the game’s biggest stars on the sidelines, officials and spectators are attempting to gain more insight into the mechanism of this form of head injury. I want to step outside the hockey realm for a moment, and talk about concussions from the point of view of a physician - information relevant to fans and athletes. 

A concussion is a subset of disease (yes, it is a disease) within the category of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and results from a traumatic blow that causes an...

Briere 'felt great' in return against Isles

It’s not common to hear cheers in warm-ups.

Yet, that’s exactly what you heard during the pre-game skate between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders before their game on Tuesday night.

The rare occasion occurred with good reason.

As Daniel Briere took his first few strides on Well Fargo Center ice for the first time since January 19th (coincidentally also against the Islanders), the few hundred that regularly gather around the team’s end during warm-ups gave the returning forward a raucous applause.

Cold As The Cold Wind Blows

The arena lights up and the players fill their lockers while the zamboni cleans the ice. Training camp is upon us and with that, a new season. But there's an unfamiliar chill in the air. Three players are dead, but the show must go on and Wade Belak was all about the show. You could describe Belak as a funny, happy, nice, mean and tough guy and from the surface, it seems that you'd be right. Belak seemed to be enjoying his retirement after playing his last game just a season ago for the Predators. He seemed to be all booked up though, including an appearance on CBC's third season of Battle of the Blades and that's precisely why Belak was ...

NHL rules debate leaves Crosby on the sidelines

No one ever accused the National Hockey League of being pro-active. On anything. If the NHL was in charge of the fight against cancer, it would still be debating whether dying prematurely was an issue worth addressing.

A week or so ago, the league got much pre-season attention when it held a camp in Toronto to evaluate a few possible tweaks to the rules. Maybe nets should be shallower, so players had more room to manoeuvre and could score more often on the wraparound.

Maybe a green line should be painted inside the goal to make it easier to judge when pucks had fully entered the net. Maybe penalized players should have to serve out the full two minutes, producing more short-ha...