Bergeron

Bergeron

The Boston Bruins are all too aware of how a head injury can alter a player’s career and life off the ice. Patrice Bergeron’s ordeals over the last two seasons have had a sobering effect. And we still don’t know how well the star center will be able to return after his most recent concussion. We also don’t know how susceptible he’ll be down the road.

Two men who are hoping to expand the world’s knowledge on concussions, especially ones suffered in hockey, are Dr. Charles Tator and Dr. Paul Echlin. They are the men behind today’s London Hockey Concussion Summit 2009 in London, Ontario. Jim Kelley wrote a column about the summit this week for sportsnet.ca.

Here’s hoping that this meeting of minds between hockey people and some of the world’s best medical experts gets the ball rolling faster toward better prevention and treatment of head injuries in hockey — not just for Bergeron’s sake, but for the way too many hockey players who’ve been sidelined with concussions the last few seasons.

For more on the summit, you can visit the Web site here.