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Vancouver's Hamhuis suffers another concussion

Posted on: March 28, 2011 2:08 am
Edited on: March 28, 2011 2:13 am
Vancouver Canucks Dan Hamhuis suffered his second concussion in less than two months Sunday, leaving the defenseman’s status for the postseason in doubt. 

Hamhuis and defensive partner Kevin Bieksa converged on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash as he drove toward the net in the first period. All three players went down in the collision, but Hamhuis' head struck the ice hard. He remained on the ice for a few seconds and went directly to the locker room with the assistance of the team's trainer. 

Vancouver went on to beat the Blue Jackets, 4-1, for their 50th win on the season to inch closer to the franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy, not that it seemed to be a priority for players after the game. 

"Obviously, that sucks and doesn't feel good," said Bieksa told The Province. "Let's hope it's not serious and he's back soon. And let's not read into that (retirement threat_ too much. Guys are emotional after a concussion. Give him some time and see how he feels."

This is his fourth concussion of his career. After his third suffered on Feb. 9, the 28-year-old said another would make him reassess things, The Province reported at the time: 

"If there is more (concussions) to come, I think you have to take a look at what is important," Hamhuis, the father of two, said after suffering a concussion last month when his head struck the glass on a heavy check by Ryan Getzlaf. "If I ever felt like it's like putting myself at risk long term, then I'll have to step back and think about things.”

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault already lost center Manny Mahotra for the season with a an eye injury and forward Mikael Samuelsson has now missed three consecutive games with an undisclosed injury. 

“He’s been one of our best defensemen of the year with his steady play both offensively and defensively,” Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun. “It’s part of the game. It’s not our first injury and we’re going to play through it.”

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Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 1:11 pm

Vancouver's Hamhuis suffers another concussion

God point Falcon' and here's the problem.

Does a player try to come back after another concussion and risk what now is happening to Marc Savard. I know 20/ 20 hindsight is stupid but most athletes give it their last chance because they don't have another job to depend on right off the bat of they do retire ( except for the stars like Gretzsky, Orr, etc. down the list

they love the game and can't step away when the time comes.. I hope the best for him and Savard.

imo' Marc Savard will never return to hockey

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2011 3:50 pm

Vancouver's Hamhuis suffers another concussion

That's terrible. Haven't looked in to Bieksa's history with injuries as he made his comment to The Province, but, after one concussion, possibly two, maybe Dan's talks of retirement may be more of an initial reaction than a serious possibility, but after 4, with a family, it might be time for Hamhuis to say enough's enough. And with each passing concussion, it just becomes that much easier for the next one to come along. He's still a young man. Maybe it's time to get off the ice and pursue a different part of the game, as I'm sure he still has an incredible passion for the game. Maybe look into scouting or coaching. But, after 4 concussions, 2 this year, a betting man would have to think that this trend isn't going to stop.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 12:00 pm

Vancouver's Hamhuis suffers another concussion

You have to assume Hamhuis' season is over, especially since this is his second concussion of the season. The NHL screws a lot of things up, but concussions are not one of them. They were doing baseline testing well before the NFL. Perhaps Hamhuis could return if the Canucks make an extended playoff run, but it looks like their playoff nemesis might be waiting for them in the first round. The Hawks are down this year, but I still think you'd have to be a fool to want to play them in the playoffs. Hope he's OK.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 10:06 am

Vancouver's Hamhuis suffers another concussion

The Canucks are Canada's best hope at ending a long Stanley Cup drought north of the border, so it's worrysome to see more injuries heading into the playoffs. The importance of a guy like Malhotra for depth and faceoff ability is usually overlooked, but to lose a guy like Hamhuis for any length of time will hurt even more. Hopefully this won't be serious and he'll be back at 100% come playoff time.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 28, 2011 8:27 am

Vancouver's Hamhuis suffers another concussion

My goodness, another d-man.   I hope he's able to bounce back quickly, but given his earlier concussion, I doubt he's going to race back even if he wanted to.    Maybe he'll have enough time to recover, I hope so, I don't like so many teams from the West having so many injuries right now.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:09 am

Vancouver's Hamhuis suffers another concussion

Especally with reports that Savard is dealing wiht Memory problems.  Too bad that such talent may not be utulized. 

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:20 am

Vancouver's Hamhuis suffers another concussion

Its to bad this Canucks D cannot stay healthy, it is a good thing the have the depth to deal with it.

I love Hamhuis, was a great signing in the offseason by Gillis, and it would be a tremendious loss if he did step away from the game, but who could blame him if he really did? 

I really, REALLY hope it does not come down to this, lets hope that it is very very minimal and that he can rejoin the Canucks as the charge towards the Cup!!

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