Eric Lindros (r.) is down on the ice after a vicious Scott Stevens hit during Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals while the teams mix it up (l.) after the incident.
While the NFL receives the most attention for concussion issues today, former Ranger Eric Lindros recently admitted that concussions suffered early in his career caused him to fear for his safety and affected the way he played hockey.
Lindros, who played 15 seasons for the Flyers, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Stars, said he was never the same after his six concussions he suffered when playing for Philadelphia.
“I certainly did not play as well during the latter stages of my career,” Lindros said in a recent interview with TheHockeyNews.com. “I hated going through the middle. I had huge fears.”
Lindros is helped off the ice. He admits he is never the same after the concussions he suffered.
The last of those concussions as a Flyer came in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000, when Scott Stevens’ shoulder hit Lindros in the head, sending the goalscorer crumpling to the ice, where he remained limp for a moment.
“It’s tough going from being so assertive – you never show any cracks – to having an ‘X’ on your back,” Lindros said. “Players who would have never spoken or taken liberties in the past, it was happening all the time. I had a fear of cutting through the middle. Absolutely. Could I still shoot and pass? I could still score, but it wasn’t the same game.”
Lindros with the Rangers in 2001.
Even before that last hit, Lindros had criticized the Flyers’ medical team for failing to diagnose another concussion in March of 2000.
Lindros played for five more seasons after leaving the Flyers, but after making the All-Star team six times in the first eight years, he did not make it again after leaving Philadelphia.
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