I would like to commend sports editor Gregg Drinnan for his excellent ongoing coverage of hockey concussions in general and his Aug. 27 article, It Wasn’t Supposed To Turn Out Like This, in particular.
Former WHL player Dean McAmmond’s quote was bang on: “People say I have got concussion problems, but I don’t have concussion problems. I have a problem with people giving me traumatic blows to the head, that’s what I have a problem with.” Drinnan slightly missed the mark, however, suggesting the problem is young men with a sense of invincibility who don’t understand the consequences of their actions.
In my view, the problem is that the men in suits who run the leagues, own the teams and coach the players who downplay the concussion crisis and who are failing to do enough about it. How is it that WHL players suffer more brain injuries than NHL players?
Admittedly, there have been signs of progress. The WHL introduced its seven-point plan which has resulted in fewer concussions. I hope and would encourage the stewards of the game — the owners, general managers, coaches and officials — to do even more, not only in safeguarding the health of the players but in protecting the integrity of the game itself.
TRU faculty of law