WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CONCUSSIONS, RIGHT NOW
MARK SCHEIFELE, GABRIEL LANDESKOG LEADING THE WAY IN CONCUSSION AWARENESS
Players Tribune August 2, 2016
Sports Illustrated November 10, 2016
You know two things for sure when you get suited up to play in the Shark Tank: It’s going to be loud, and it’s going to be physical. Our game against San Jose in late January 2013 was no exception. Near the end of the first period, I was carrying the puck through the neutral zone when I saw “Jumbo” Joe Thornton coming to clog up the middle of the ice. I curled to the boards to avoid his stick-check, and the puck flipped up on edge. I looked down for a split second to gather it. When I picked my head back up, everything went black.
- It felt like two cement blocks were pushing against the sides of my skull.
Between a class-action lawsuit to help former players to better injury protocol on the ice, there are many ways NHL players are working to increase awareness about concussions and head injuries. For the Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog and the Jets' Mark Scheifele talking about their experiences is how they've chosen to help.
- As Mark Scheifele bent over the faceoff dot, the red circle began to spin.