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Post by greybeard58 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:59 am

There is already a link to a blog on concussions by a former womens hockey player at Yale. Considering what is going on I feel it is important to get information out so parents,players and yes coaches can make decisions on player safety. Here is the second entry. ... -aftermath

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Post by tututangous » Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:50 am

very interesting info. I've shared it with my daughter and her teammates.

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Post by legalbeagle05 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:46 pm

All so excellent. This is important stuff.

Well-written, non-whiny, a very tough hockey player and person. Can't wait for her next post.

Thanks, grey.

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While this is girls High school this article shows males are also affected ... cZw.mailto

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Post by greybeard58 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:21 am

Here are some more that have become public:

Jincy Dunne
“Multiple sources told the Herald that Dunne sustained a concussion this summer and has been dealing with the effects of that. Dunne has not participated in any USA Hockey events — the U-22 camp this summer or the Four Nations last weekend — due to her concussion.”

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“Earlier this month, 15-year-old Jincy Dunne took a spill while playing with the boys high school team at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. While cutting across the ice in a game, she collided with another player and sustained a concussion, forcing her off the ice. You should see the other guy. "I flipped over top of him and hit my head. He broke his femur," said Dunne, whose own high school doesn't have a hockey team, sparking some jealousy from friends when she began playing at Westminster.

Hockey Prodigy Dunne Blazing a Trail
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Caitlin Cahow
“In late January 2012, Caitlin Cahow, two-time Olympic women's and professional hockey player, Harvard graduate and law student, suffered a concussion while fighting for the puck along the boards during a women's professional hockey game.?

Diagnosed with a concussion, she returned a month later, but was injured again, the crushing blindside hit causing a concussion so serious that, as she later posted on her Facebook page, she was left her unable "to read, remember, think clearly, go outside without dark glasses, or stand for 5 minutes without debilitating headaches, dizziness, and crippling fatigue."?

Cahow remembered being unable to get out of bed for two weeks, losing 25 pounds from not eating, and suffering persistent headaches. Despite the fact that she didn't like taking any medications, not even Advil, her medicine cabinet was filled with pain meds.”?

Post-Concussion Syndrome: New Therapies Offer Hope, Says Mother Of Hockey Star, Caitlin Cahow
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“In terms of concussions, women's ice hockey is the most dangerous NCAA sport, according to a study using NCAA data from 1988-2004. In an Ivy League review of concussions in women's hockey released in May, the report cited that statistic among various other sobering numbers.”

One Year Later, Caitlin Cahow's Life Back to Normal Following Concussion Scare
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Post by greybeard58 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:22 am

Even more:

Heidi Taggart
“Heidi Taggart was a 15-year-old goalie when she was hit in the head by a teammate’s stick during warm ups.
Immediately she began to feel the classic symptoms of a concussion – headache, disorientation and dizziness.
The next morning she was scheduled to take a required ACT Plan test at her school. Despite displaying the symptoms of a concussion, Taggart was not excused from taking the test by the school nurse.

Her mother, Dorothy Bedford, advised Heidi to simply skip the exam, but the tenth grade honors student didn’t want an unexcused absence. And she didn’t want to take more time off from school with midterms coming up, so she continued to work her brain.

In hindsight, Bedford realizes, “These choices made her injury worse and her recovery more difficult.”

Rest Is Best: Concussion Recovery
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Josephine Pucci
“But for some concussed players, rest is not enough to avoid debilitating consequences.
Women’s hockey player Josephine Pucci ’13-’14 was one such athlete. During her senior fall, Pucci tried to cope with the symptoms from a concussion she had suffered in August while playing for the United States Under-22 Women’s National Team.

After returning to campus following the trauma, Pucci stayed off the ice. But her symptoms still worsened: soon she could not read without becoming ill. She met with a specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and their conversation led her to conclude that she shouldn’t finish the semester. Pucci ultimately elected to withdraw for a year to recover.

“I think that [the specialist] sort of gave me a wake-up call—like this is a very serious thing that’s not going to get better unless you treat it in the right way and rest, and totally take off from hockey and school, and not put your brain under any more pressure or stress,” Pucci recalls.

Pucci’s decision to leave meant giving up the captaincy of the women’s hockey team, eliminating her chance to compete at the 4 Nations Cup in November and the women’s World Championship this spring, and graduating a year later than she had expected. But she doesn’t regret the decision.

“I knew it was what I had to do,” she says.”
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“No sport today looks at all like it did 20 years ago, and nobody wants any permanent brain damage because the rules were once written this way.”—Chris Nowinski
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Post by greybeard58 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:24 am

Here are 2 more

Stefanie McKeough
“One season after being voted Defensive Player of the Year in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and scoring a goal in the NCAA championship game, McKeough didn’t skate a single shift for the Badgers and it must be considered that she may never again.

The effects of two concussions, suffered in games roughly two months apart during her junior year, were so debilitating that her entire world as a student-athlete changed.

McKeough, 22, experienced migraine headaches, vertigo, ringing in her ears and was sensitive to noise. Those symptoms not only kept her out of uniform, they forced her to back off her pursuit of a double major — retail and environmental?studies?— and prevented her from taking a full-time course load during the fall semester.

A three-time selection to the WCHA all-academic team,?McKeoughsaid she’ll need another full year of credits to graduate. She intends to get her degree — she lauded the support she received from professors and tutors this past school year— but it remains to be seen if hockey will be part of the equation.

“I’d like it to be,” McKeough said. “I don’t know that answer right now.”

An elite game manager and puck mover with Olympic-level skill, McKeough suffered her first concussion on Jan. 7, 2012, at Minnesota when she said she had her skates taken out and she fell backward on the ice. She missed seven games before a March 2 collision along the boards vs. Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA playoffs triggered another.”
Concussions Have Stefanie McKeough's UW hockey Career on Hold
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Brittany Ammerman
“Brad Frost said. “Unfortunately, there’s still been an incredible amount of concussions in our game. You just look to the east of us with Wisconsin and some of their players, either careers have been ended or put on hold for a year.”

Concussions were a big reason that the Badgers went from a team that reached the NCAA final in 2011 and 2012 to not making the national tournament at all in 2013.

“If you’ve gone through it like we’ve gone through it in a couple of different cases, it can get frustrating for the staff, just because you don’t know when you might get that player back, if you get them back at all,” Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson said.

In fall 2012, the Badgers were hit with a double whammy. Stefanie McKeough, the reigning WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, experienced a return of concussion symptoms after suffering multiple concussions during her junior season. Brittany Ammerman, the team’s second-leading scorer among returning players, was sidelined by a concussion of her own after only three games. Ammerman’s injury eventually healed such that she could resume her hockey career the following season.”

Concussions Have an Impact on Women’s Hockey
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Post by greybeard58 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:26 am

Even some older stories

Laurie Kingsbury
“Basically, just getting bumped in the front of the net, and she was a very, very strong girl,” Flanagan said. “But just getting bumped and her head went back, and she didn’t even hit it all that hard on the ice, on a Saturday afternoon, and it didn’t really hit her until Tuesday. Six months later, she was disqualified from ever playing again. She’d had a bad concussion when she was younger. It’s just so frustrating to see that it can be something so simple that can ruin someone’s career.”

Concussions Can Take a Heavy Toll on Their Victims
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Renee Curtin
“Frost had to deal with that during 2001-02, his first full season on the Gophers’ staff. The team had just graduated its first recruiting class and had a lot of holes to fill, and Renee Curtin was one of the players being counted on to make a difference. Curtin had 544 points in six seasons for Roseville Area and capped her high school career with the 2001 Ms. Hockey award in Minnesota.

“People in Minnesota remember Renee, but in the hockey world, she was probably one of the most special players to ever play the game, and unfortunately, she wasn’t able to showcase that at the collegiate level,” Frost said.

Curtin suffered a severe concussion and a fracture in her neck playing hockey as a high school junior. Although she recovered to play her senior season in high school, concussion symptoms later returned and she was never medically cleared for competition at Minnesota.”

Concussions Can Take a Heavy Toll on Their Victims
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Alyssa Grogan, Ashley Stenerson
“Ashley Stenerson had four separate concussions before coming to Minnesota in the fall of 2010. A few games into the freshman season for Stenerson and Kessel, goaltender Alyssa Grogan suffered a concussion in practice and was never able to recover sufficiently to get back on the ice.

Stenerson remembers trying to support Grogan and asking her how she was doing.

“You really don’t understand,” Stenerson said. “With most injuries in hockey it’s kind of the mentality of let’s tough it out and get back out there; you’ll be fine. What is different with concussions is that it’s your brain, so it’s messing with your emotions and your energy levels and just really every aspect of what makes you you. It’s just kind of off.”

A year later, she was able to relate all too closely with Grogan’s plight.

“It definitely was different my sophomore year just going through it,” Stenerson said. “I guess I didn’t realize how much just a simple, ‘How are you doing? How are you feeling? I’m here to support you.’ I guess I didn’t realize just how far that went for someone who is in the other shoes of being injured.”

Her final hockey concussion occurred while playing in a summer league game.

“I was hit, I went into the boards head first,” Stenerson said. “I’ve had my fair share of concussions. I had never seen like people say seeing stars and just kind of seeing black and white dots get closer and farther away from you. I had never seen that. When I sat down on the bench and I was seeing that, I kind of knew that I must have really gotten my bell rung. At that point, it’s just kind of like I’m done for the day. I got home and slept. I think that was like on a Thursday and I went in to see my trainer on Monday and I still just almost didn’t know what was going on. I was just so out of it.”

Once classes resumed at Minnesota, Stenerson was unable to return to the ice, and her studies were disrupted as well.

Concussions Can Take a Heavy Toll on Their Victims
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Post by greybeard58 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:28 am

Daron Richardson
“And yet, she says, Daron was a force – a talented hockey player with close friends on her team and at school. Even her doodles seemed upbeat. The week before she died, a friend taught her to write her name in Chinese characters on a piece of tissue paper her mother found in her backpack. She had added a green tree with branches outstretched, a bright sun and colourful fish leaping out of the ocean.

And yet something very different was happening inside.

“It makes me sad for our daughter, to think how scared she must have been,” Mrs. Richardson says.

She and her husband discussed many difficult issues with the girls – sex, drugs, drinking and driving. “But you would never say, ‘If you are feeling funny, be it sad, or feeling off, or struggling with something, if you would ever feel you would harm yourself, we need to talk about this.’ Never. We would have done it, if we had known.”

If We Had Known
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Ashley Dunbar, Jenna Ciotti, Aurora Kennedy, Tara Tomimoto, Patricia McGauley, Madi Murray, Jackie Raines
“At the moment, five players are out with concussions ­— Dunbar, Jenna Ciotti ’14, Aurora Kennedy ’14, and Tara Tomimoto ’13 and Patricia McGauley ’14. Madi Murray ’15 and Jackie Raines ’14 recently recovered from concussions within a week of incurring them.”

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Meghan Duggan
“Two years ago, Meghan Duggan was lying nearly comatose at her parents' house in Danvers, Mass. The All-American ice hockey forward had recently been sidelined with a major concussion.

"I couldn't talk or eat," Duggan says. "I just sat at home in the dark, day after day, month after month." She had been named the?best female hockey player?in the country in March 2011, but just nine months later, it was unclear if she'd ever return to the ice.

"I just kept trying to be patient," Duggan says. "Obviously with an injury like that, you can't really force it." She spent a lot of time alone in her room with the shades drawn. (Concussion symptoms typically include headaches, dizziness, and trouble concentrating.) Reading, watching television, and even walking in the neighborhood were too painful. "It's hard to explain if you have never had a concussion, but you don't feel like yourself — something feels wrong."

The Toughest Woman at the Olympics
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Jennifer Botterill
“Jennifer Botterill couldn't drive a car without getting a headache. Bright lights and loud sounds made the symptoms worse. Physical exercise was out of the question.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist and member of Canada's women's national hockey team was suffering from the worst concussion of her career, one that kept her off the ice for four months. The cause: a full speed collision with another player at practice.

"It's one of the toughest injuries to deal with, because honestly, you just have to be so patient," says the Winnipeg native, a fixture on the national team for the past decade.

"Other injuries, you can be active and do active rehabilitation. All I could do was rest."

According to recent findings, Botterill is far from alone. A study of NCAA sports found women playing hockey were more than twice as likely as their male counterparts to suffer concussions. The female game even topped football in concussion numbers, according to the study.

"The honest answer is yes, this is a surprise," says Dr. Michael Czarnota, neuropsychology consultant for the Canadian Hockey League. "There's no fighting in women's hockey, there's no intentional checking. What's left? It's the unintentional collisions, or catching an edge, stepping on a puck or something like that. You take out the two largest contributors to bodily force, fighting and checking, and you still end up with rates that are equal to or higher than men's hockey.

'Alarmingly High' Concussion Rate in Women's Game
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Brandi Frakie
Former Wayne State forward Brandi Frakie has passed away. She was 22. Brandi Frakie played for Wayne State from 2006 to 2009. Frakie finished her collegiate career on injured reserved.?

“Frakie, who played for the Warriors from 2006 to 2009, died Wednesday, according to?an obituary in the?Star Tribune?of Minneapolis. She had 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in?67 games for Wayne State, with most of her points coming in her freshman season. Frakie was a CHA all-rookie team selection in 2006-07, when she had nine goals and 15 points. She missed the final 13 games of her sophomore season and the first 18 games of her junior season with an injury.”

Former Wayne State Player Frakie Dies
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Sarah Devens
“She told friends that she wanted to take a break, but she didn't dare. How could she? She was Sarah Devens, the best female athlete Dartmouth ever had. She was never the richest or the smartest kid in her class, but when the games began, no one was better. How could she quit sports? Sports was probably the
reason she was there, in the Ivy League, at the top of the academic ladder. The teams needed her. The school needed her.

She was Dartmouth's Tasmanian devil in a do-rag, indefatigable in practice and competition. She never slowed down. "People think sports is so much fun, but it's not always like that," says Daphne Clark, who had known Devens since kindergarten. "Sarah couldn't just go out and enjoy herself. She had to be great. If you're the Devil, people expect perfection."

Of Devens, they may have expected too much. In early July she returned from a field hockey camp in Maryland and was preparing to travel to Boulder, Colo., for the Olympic Festival. In addition, she had made the U.S. "B" team; naturally, she wanted to be on the first team. She was disappointed and depressed, but
most of all, her friends say, she was exhausted. She was tired of trying to be everything to everyone. "In her mind, quitting probably would have seemed selfish," says George Crowe, the women's ice hockey coach at Dartmouth.

Last week, in her bedroom at her father's house in Essex, Mass., she took a .22-caliber rifle and killed herself with a shot to the chest. The Devil couldn't outrun her demons. At age 21, about to begin her senior year in college, Sarah Devens finally slowed down.

...Sarah learned to play ice hockey with her father, Charles Jr., and her two brothers, and she was the captain of the boys' hockey team in junior high. She was twice named the outstanding female athlete at her boarding school, St. Paul's, in Concord, N.H.”

An End Too Soon Dartmouth Grieved Over The Suicide Of Sarah Devens, A Rare Athlete And Friend
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Amanda Kessel
“Arguably the best player to don a jersey for the women’s hockey team at Minnesota has announced her college career has come to an end. Lingering concussion symptoms and an unsure future have led Amanda Kessel to close the door on a prolific college career that included scoring 97 goals and tallying 231 points across three seasons. She is fourth among all-time scorers at Minnesota.

In her final year as a Gopher, Kessel racked up 101 points (46 goals, 55 assists), leading the Gophers to a perfect 41-0 season and winning the Patty Kazmaier Award.

Kessel took a redshirt season to compete with Team USA in the Sochi Olympics. She suffered the concussion in the lead-up to Sochi, but was cleared to play. She led the Americans with six points in five games.

After the games, however, she experienced “lingering concussion symptoms due to injuries sustained as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team,” leading her to have Minnesota release a statement in September 2014 explaining that she would sit out the 2014-15 season.”

Reflecting on Amanda Kessel’s Collegiate Career
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8 Players on 2009-10 Canadian Women’s Team
“Stacey was skeptical of the idea that women tend to honestly report concussions while men tend to underreport. “From my experience that’s a stereotype,” he said. “I have players who will look at me straight in the eye and say they’re fine when they are in fact experiencing symptoms.”

He cited the concussion stats for the Canadian women’s team in 2009-10: nine concussions among eight different players. In three, the symptoms lasted longer than 21 days.”

At the Mayo Clinic: Women’s Hockey, a Most Dangerous Game
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Julianne Bruce
“Recently, I have made what was likely the hardest decision I’ve yet to make in my life. This week, I informed my teammates and my coaches that I will not be returning to play with the team after the Christmas break.
Although this was an incredibly difficult decision to make, it was not done without good reason. In November 2012, my first year playing at Carleton, I had a bad fall into the boards during a game. Ever since, I have been dealing with concussion and post-concussion symptoms.

It may seem a bit dramatic to say that that one particular fall has changed my life, but I really believe that it has. For more than two years now I have been dealing with sometimes daily symptoms of headaches, dizziness, vertigo, motion-sickness, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, and depression-like symptoms. I’ve seen vestibular doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, craniosacral doctors and my normal doctor on a regular basis. I’ve been treated for an inner-ear imbalance, concussion and post-concussion, and compacted C1 and C2 vertebrae. To say that I’ve been to hell and back with this concussion would be an understatement.”

Hanging Up The Skates
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Kim McCullough
“With three concussions in my four years at the university,?I represented my team well in this area. The reality is that female hockey players are two times more likely to suffer a concussion than male hockey players and almost three times more likely than football players. Which is pretty amazing for a sport that doesn’t allow full body-checking.”

Concussions in Girls’ Hockey
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Marissa Brandt
“Doctors believe Hill-Murray girls' hockey player Marissa Brandt started this season by suffering concussions in each of her first two games.

The lingering effects of her injuries have prevented Brandt, a sophomore forward, from playing since November. Recent tests indicate she might not play again this season.

"It is super frustrating," she said. "I get mad sometimes because I want to be out there."

Equally maddening for coaches is why concussions -- defined as mild traumatic brain injuries within the skull -- are occurring in a sport in which checking is prohibited.”

HIGH SCHOOLS: GIRLS' HOCKEY; Growing Number of Concussions Raises Concerns; As Games Get Faster And Players Stronger, Brain Injuries Occur in a Non-checking Sport.
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Post by greybeard58 » Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:35 am

Jackie Jarrell
“As for ice hockey, Jarrell is unsure if she'll ever play competitively again. She attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., from 2003-2008 on a women's NCAA Division 1 hockey scholarship and graduated with a degree in physical education but had to take an entire season off due to a concussion.

During her recovery, inline hockey, which had previously been nothing more than a training diversion, took on greater significance for Jarrell. "There's no direct hitting and it's a more spread-out game," she said. "There's not the same pounding as hockey.”

Jackie's Silver Lining
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Please if you still have daughters playing learn what the symptoms of a concussion no game is worth more damage to the brain.As all the articles show there are very serious long term effects and this is only hockey where women and girls are playing and football and soccer also have problems.

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Post by greybeard58 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:40 pm

This is a link to the blog knockout project where all post their stories about their concussions. Do not forget to share

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Post by greybeard58 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:24 am

This one changed Minnesota Law

Kayla Meyer
“At age 15, she needs reading glasses to combat a disorder called “conversion syndrome,” which makes it hard for her to keep her place while reading books or browsing the Internet.

Meyer, who played girls hockey at New Prague High School, developed her condition as an eighth-grader in 2009, after sustaining two concussions 10 months apart while practicing the game.

Since then, Meyer said she has constant headaches, which vary in their severity. She hasn’t played competitive hockey for almost two years because it hurts just to wear a helmet. Meyer also missed about 80 days of school during the eighth and ninth grades.

During the 2011 legislative session, Meyer testified three times on behalf of the Brain Association of Minnesota before the Minnesota Legislature to help pass a law that would help prevent situations like hers.

Hockey “was my life basically,” Meyer said. “I don’t want kids to go through the same thing.”

Concussions Part 3: Girl's Testimony Helps Change Concussion Practices in Youth Sports
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More Kayla Meyer
“Had the law been in place, Meyer's story might have been different. In early 2009, playing for a club team, she fell and hit her head on the ice. Upset that the resulting concussion caused her to miss a tournament, Meyer rushed back to play four days later -- without a doctor's OK.

The second concussion occurred 10 months later, when Meyer was an eighth-grader on the high school team. Two girls slipped and slid under her legs, causing her to fall back on her head. She got up, and played for 10 more days, but headaches lingered.

"I had to ask my friends, 'Did I hit my head at practice?'" she said. "When they told me, I remembered that it happened."

After three weeks, Meyer said her coaches advised her to put on a helmet and try to skate. "It hurt too much to put a helmet on," she said. "If it hadn't hurt, I think I would have been right back out there."

King said many people underestimate the threat of concussions because there are no visible wounds and treatment comes without the visual cue of a cast.

Meyer agreed. Some classmates think she is faking. Others slap her on the back or grab her hair without realizing the pain it causes.

She is receiving therapy for convergence syndrome, a condition that makes it hard to focus on words or sentences.

While she dreams of playing hockey on the frozen pond with her family, she has given up playing competitively.

"Hockey was my life," she said. "It's what I did every day. It's really weird just trying to readjust my life."

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Post by greybeard58 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:27 am

More articles

Haley Irwin
“Rebecca Johnston and Haley Irwin were the Brianne Jenner and Hayley Wickenheiser of the 2014-15 Calgary Inferno. Both avid members of the Hockey Canada program, Johnston and Irwin were amidst the CWHL’s top 10 leading scorers, and are now out with injury for an unknown period of time. Irwin, a former Montreal Stars turned Calgary Inferno forward has reportedly been recovering from the aftereffects of a 2014 concussion, dating back to the Sochi Olympic Games. In the 13 games she played last season, Irwin recorded eight goals and 12 assist from Oct. 18, 2014 to Jan. 17, 2015, enough to grasp the seventh spot on the scoring leaderboard.”

Lineys Forever, Injured Together
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Chanda Gunn
“The video opens with a two-on-one breakaway in the gold-medal game of the 2007 World Championships in Winnipeg. Barreling Canadian forward Gillian Apps receives the puck 10 feet from the goal, misfires, and her momentum slides into the crease and into the path of Gunn.

“Oh my, [Gunn] lost her mask, and I think she hit her head on the post,” the TSN play-by-play man says. “Gillian Apps is a handful. She’s 6 feet tall, 180 pounds. She goes to the net hard, and you’re about to see what happens if you get in her way.”

The network rolls slow-motion replay after slow-motion replay after slow-motion replay of Apps’ right elbow rising and connecting with the helmet of an unaware Gunn, who was looking 90 degrees to the right. Judgment wavers on intent with each view.

A trainer tends to Gunn, who picks herself up after 10 seconds face down on the ice.

“Gillian Apps just skating hard, just going straight to the net for a potential rebound, and, of course, doesn’t really try and stop,” the female analyst says. “I tell you, that’s got to hurt.”

Gunn was asked if it hurt.

“Not a lot, to be honest,” Gunn said in a telephone interview. “I’m just kidding.

“I’m a goalie. Getting run sucks.”

Apps wasn’t penalized. Gunn finished the game – the U.S. lost 5-1 – and, though she didn’t recall a specific diagnosis, is sure she left Manitoba with a concussion to accompany her silver medal.”

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Krystal Baumann
“A little adversity couldn't stop Farmington from picking up a pair of girls hockey wins last week. The Tigers held on for a 4-3 victory over Hutchinson Thursday despite losing scoring leader Krystal Baumann to a head injury in the third period.”

Girls Hockey: Players step up in back-to-back wins
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