PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Eric Lindros is a “baby.”
Well that’s at least what ex-Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke — who was known for his toughness and grit as a player in the 70’s — thought of the 6’4″, 240-pound dominating NHL center. Clarke actively tried to trade Lindros, who apparently acted too cautiously when it came to his concussions, at the time.
But in reality, the six concussions Lindros suffered over a two year span would have been too much for anyone to handle.
And almost 16 years later after Lindros was concussed for one final time as a Flyer, no thanks to New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens, “Big E” admits he is fortunate for the way he handled his head injuries.
“I do sit here and feel quite comfortable about my health going forward,” Lindros told Ken Campbell of TheHockeyNews.com. “I feel good. We’re going to be fine. Our (kids) are healthy, and we’re lucky. We’re just tired. We’re just tired.”
Lindros, a seven-time NHL all-star and 1995 Hart Trophy winner, is actively helping concussion research. According to Campbell, Lindros convinced the NHL Players’ Association to donate $500,000 to help Dr. Arthur Brown’s concussion research.
“When I heard it, I was like, ‘Finally, this is the first (new) thing I’ve heard in forever,’ Lindros told TheHockeyNews.com. “And this isn’t just for athletes, it isn’t just for kids playing hockey. This is for kids who fall off the jungle gym, this is for car accidents. This may spread into an area where it can even help with ALS.”
The problem with concussion research and improvements, Lindros says, is the lack of scientific collaboration.
“There’s a bit of dysfunction there,” Lindros expalined in the story. “Not everybody is playing nice in the sandbox.”