NHL coaches are now missing games due to concussion-like symptoms (video)
One doesn’t have to look too extensively at injury reports for NHL teams to take note of the troubling amount of players once on active rosters who are currently unable to play due to concussion-like symptoms, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby of course being the most prevalent and noteworthy of those sitting out.
Sadly, the NHL’s concussion epidemic reached a new level with the news that San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan will not be behind the bench Tuesday when the team faces the Philadelphia Flyers because he is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms related to an incident which occurred during the team’s last game on Sunday against the Minnesota Wild. McLellan was down on the bench for some time before getting up on his own and making it back to the locker room with some assistance.
McLellan was injured when he was inadvertently struck by the Wild’s Marco Scandella after the Minnesota defenseman was checked by Sharks winger Jamie McGinn near the San Jose bench.
A statement issued Tuesday by Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson reads as follows (by way of Pro Hockey Talk):
“Todd continues to make progress in his recovery from the stick incident in Minnesota on Sunday evening but is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Thus, he will not be behind the bench until cleared by doctors to resume his coaching duties, beginning with tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. While Todd will continue to provide his input on the team, we have full confidence in the abilities of Assistant Coaches Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft to lead the team in Todd’s absence.
“Our main concern at this point is for Todd’s full and complete recovery.”
Indeed, all the best to McLellan as he continues his recovery after such a freak occurrence, not to mention all the players forced to deal with this confounding, deeply troubling rash of head injuries.