With the National Hockey League lockout now history, there’s been a spate of player concussions that have raised the issue of safety again, according to The New York Times.
In the past two weeks, 11 NHL players have suffered concussions, including the league’s most valuable player, the Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin, The Times reported. The NHL has broadened its rule penalizing blows to players’ heads, but in the case of Malkin, he wasn’t the victim of an illegal hit.
After a legal shove by another player, Malkin slide into the boards and cracked his head. On Sunday, two days after he hit his head, the player was diagnosed with a concussion, according to The Record. He has been benched until at least next Sunday.
The Times credited the Penguins with being progressive and aggressive now in terms of concussion. That likely stems from its experience with its star player Sidney Crosby, who missed 60 games over 14 months after suffering a concussion in 2011, according to The Record.
The Penguins this summer parted ways with their longtime team doctor, Charles Burke, instead retaining Dr. Christopher Harner of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, The Record reported.
And while the Penguins have been open about when one of its players have a concussion, other NHL teams have not.