“Concussions in hockey can be the worst concussions of all because you can’t change the fact that you are playing on ice.” – Chris Nowinski, Ph.D and co-founder of the CTE Center at Boston University
“Depending on the mechanism of injury, ‘slow to get up’ does not trigger mandatory removal,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told USA Today Sports. “The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal. ‘Ice’ as compared to ‘boards’ is in there for a reason. It’s the result of a study on our actual experiences over a number of years. ‘Ice’ has been found to be a predictor of concussions — ‘boards’ has not been.”
“Any head contact is a possible mechanism of injury. I can’t believe I have to say that in 2017.”
“The NHL has intentionally created, fostered, and promoted a culture of extreme violence, including violence from fighting. The NHL has known that, due to such violence, head trauma to Plaintiffs and the Class has been and is imminent. The NHL has known that head trauma to Plaintiffs and the Class has and will have devastating and long-term negative health effects. Despite this knowledge and to maintain its revenue stream from its violent construct, the NHL has and does intentionally subject Plaintiffs and the Class to head trauma.”
“The medical consensus is that no causal link between concussions and CTE has been scientifically established.” He cited other medical research that suggests the research on CTE is “inconclusive.” Last year, Bettman said it is “at best, premature” to warn players about the risks of CTE – a stance the lead CTE researchers at BU called “ridiculous.” – 5 Eyewitness News
“The NHL has attacked the retired players in the concussion lawsuit using a multipronged strategy,” Walsh said via email. “They have belittled the players’ intellectual capacity to write op-ed articles in newspapers. They have used friendly media to portray the players as greedy and seeking handouts. Most disheartening, the NHL has stated repeatedly that no causation exists between concussions, sub-concussive blows to the head and CTE.” – The Buffalo News
“Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations, called the team trainer for the Ottawa Senators “an absolute freaking idiot” after the trainer relayed concerns that the league does “not take (the concussion issue) seriously.” Frank Brown, the league’s Vice President of Communications characterized concerns from the Canadian Medical Association as “imbecilic rants from dumbass doctors.”
“Are we still paying him anything?” Bettman asked in an email exchange with Bill Daly, the league’s general counsel. “yes (sic), his severance. but i’m not sure we can stop paying him for expressing views critical of the league,” Daly responded. Undaunted, Bettman asked whether there were any grounds to withhold payments because “maybe he should understand its (sic) not nice to bite the hand that feeds you… Don’t want to hurt him – maybe just get his attention.”
“Humans have a vulnerable brain after being injured once, and if it gets hit again before recovery, the metabolic consequences are worse and the symptoms can be worse and prolonged,” said Dr. John J. Leddy, a clinical professor and director of the University at Buffalo’s Concussion Management Clinic
“Allow the athlete to recover and return the athlete to play only once he or she is fully recovered and is deemed to be no longer vulnerable. That gives you your best chance of reducing the effects of cumulative brain trauma.” – The Buffalo News
“I was one of those guys before I got my concussion that could sit there and say, ‘Come on. It’s just a headache. Let’s go. Let’s get back playing. That was one of the dumbest things. That’s something I’m embarrassed about being in that position before I got mine because when I got mine, reality hit me, and that reality was not a fun one.” – The Buffalo News
“I had four documented (concussions), and the last one was the one that forced me to retire, but I continue to go back to my second documented—in Pittsburgh, in the playoffs, I was taken off the ice in a stretcher, and spent the night in the hospital. A few nights later, I was back on the ice in the Eastern Conference Finals. I knew I wasn’t right, and I still tried to play through it.”
“Yeah, you just want to be back out there. I mean, um, I think you, you just kinda go with the flow I think. Trying to, you know, meet expectations as far as you know when you’re going to come back, that kind of thing. But, um, you know playoffs, you want to be in the lineup and not watching.” – Sidney Crosby
“It’s time to understand that we have a problem . . . We just don’t want anyone to go through this again . . . You cannot fix a brain, that’s something I had to learn. It’s not like a shoulder or a knee. . . Hockey in [sic] an old sport. It’s the old-school boys and old way of thinking. We have to change that thinking a little bit. I bought into it, I wanted to be a tough guy. But it didn’t do me any good. That’s what came home to me obviously. . . The lack of response from the hockey community has frustrated me.”- La Couture et al v. National Hockey League
“The easiest way to explain it would be, it’s the shot that changed my life.” Leeman told The Washington Post. “It changed my career. It changed a lot of things about me.”
“I personally believe Gary Bettman has done a great job in putting a good business model together. But I think this is one thing that he needs to take another look at. This game was built on the backs of the retired players. It’s the right thing to do to look after the guys that are reeling from what they should have been warned about. That’s that repetitive hits to the head are going to cause long-term issues.”
There probably isn’t a player in the league who hasn’t had a concussion.” -former NHL player Paul Kariya
“The thing I worry about is that you’ll get a guy who is playing with a concussion, and he gets hit, and he dies at centre ice.”
“I told him, the reality is you’re looking at a player in his prime and there’s no way we’re going to use a short-term fix,” Lombardi said. “It’s like I told Jon [Jonathan Quick] and the doctors, ‘It’s up to us to deal with this. And we are not taking a short-term look at this.’ The extreme was, I told the trainers and the doctors this, that if he has to sit out a whole year to get to 100 percent, then that’s what we’re going to do, particularly when you’re dealing with an injury like this.” – LA Times, “Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick’s return from injury is a slow and tedious process”
“I took my son to a game the other day and I left the keys in the ignition of the car. Turned it off, at least, but went in to watch the game and I was like, ‘Geez, where are my keys?’ And I went out to the car and they were in the ignition.”
“Right now the way I’m still feeling and the daily issues I’m having, I mean it’s tough to see a bright future right now, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s a day-by-day thing still. I’m still hoping that something happens that I’ll feel a lot better.” – ESPN, “Marc Savard’s life still unsettled”
“I’m going to take all this (expletive) right now and be done with it. That’s when the labrador retriever he once rescued saved him. “I looked at him and said, ‘Jesus, this isn’t right,” Peluso recalled. “I said, ‘I’ll never do this again to myself, my family, and that dog literally saved my life.”
“The answer would be no — I would not have played football.”
“CTE to me is something that the NFL doesn’t recognize until you die — that to me is the biggest criminal act,” he told Sports Illustrated. “I feel forgotten. I just wish they would think of the guys who did pave the way. This is not a game we’re playing — this is life or death.”
“How many more studies do we need before we realize significant changes are needed in the way we play the game?” – New York Times, “Study Finds Changes in Brains of Hockey Players Who Had Concussion”
“I wish I could tell you that I went straight to the team doctor. But I’m a hockey player. I mean, are you kidding me? What am I going to tell him? “Hey doc, you know what? I feel a little anxious and I hear this weird tone [he heard ringing in his ears]. I think I should sit this one out.” I’m laughing just thing about it”
“I am writing this because I know there are probably hundreds of hockey players who will read this who are suffering from the exact same weird feeling that I felt. And they aren’t going to do anything about it.
One-hundred percent of them.
One-hundred percent will do nothing about it. They will pop some painkillers, keep on playing, and then one day, they will show up to practice and fall into complete darkness.
I know, because I did the exact same thing. When I first got hit in September and was feeling weird, I was sitting in my Swedish apartment reading Bryce Salvador’s Players’ Tribune article about his horrific battle with post-concussion syndrome.
The weird feeling.
Then the nausea, the feeling like you are floating through space.
Then the regret that he kept playing through it.
Then the feeling like he was turning into a monster.
I read all this, thought damn, then I still kept on playing.”