Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 1/10/12
There are a few players in the NHL that have been through concussion-related hell and then returned as effective, key players for their teams. Patrice Bergeron is one of them. One hopes Marc Staal is another. Then there's Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Minnesota Wild. Bouchard was more than just a very good player who returned from a prolonged absence as a standout player for the Wild; he was symbolic of the fact that NHL players can bounce back from brain injuries, and was "an ambassador for the game, speaking out for more concussion awareness in the league" according to First Round Bust, in its (rightful) lambasting of the media for leaving Bouchard off the Masterton Trophy short list. This season, he's appeared in 37 games and has 22 points for a Wild team starved for offense. But now that season's been interrupted: Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reported today that Bouchard "has been sidelined with concussion-like symptoms." And they're related to an illegal hit the NHL deemed u...
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