Source: sports.yahoo.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 5/10/2017 –
This season, NHL expanded its concussion spotters program to include both personnel in the arena and “a new staff of Central League Spotters [that] will monitor all games from the Player Safety Room in New York.”
What are they looking for? Well, not just a player being hit in the head or crashing headfirst into the boards. What they’re looking for are “certain visible sign(s) under the Protocol, following a direct or indirect blow to the head.”
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was concussed in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals. He missed Game 4, but resumed skating and returned to the lineup in Game 5.
His expedited return to the lineup – the Penguins deferred to their team doctors, who said Crosby passed the concussion protocol before Game 5 – was already a point of controversy. Then on Monday night, Crosby crashed headfirst into the boards in the first period, in a scary scene: