BOSTON — In an indication that rookie Steven Kampfer’s “mild” concussion is in fact mild, the Bruins defenseman was made available to the media today after the morning skate at TD Garden.
“We’re just going to take things slow and make sure every day is better than the last,” said Kampfer as his teammates prepared for tonight’s game against Pittsburgh.
Seriously injured players are typically kept out of the media spotlight for a longer length of time.
Kampfer said he’s already feeling better since taking a major hit from Tampa Bay’s Mattias Ritola in the second period Thursday. Kampfer said he felt a pounding in his head right after the play and it got worse when he tried to take another shift.
“I just remember turning and getting hit,” said Kampfer about the play, which occurred in the right corner of Boston’s zone. “I didn’t even touch the puck. I should say that, because I saw the tape. I guess it kind of rubs me the wrong way because he had no intention of playing the puck. It bothered me that way. I thought it was a clean hit, personally, just because my body was squared. But it’s not fun when you’re not expecting a hit, but it’s frustrating because you don’t want to sit out either.”
Kampfer said he was concussed a couple times prior in his career, but it’s been so long since the last one that this injury is not related. He cannot do any physical activity until he is symptom-free, which the Bruins hope will take no more than a week.
“You don’t want to rush back from something like this,” he said, “and have it keep happening over and over again.”