Dave Scatchard is the latest example of why all of hockey should do everything possible to prevent headhunting.
Scatchard, a center who played three games with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the 2007-08 season, has decided to end his 14-year pro career because of post-concussion symptoms.
Scatchard, who had 128 goals and 141 assists in 659 NHL games with six teams, including the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins, can’t recall his career finale with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen in April when he was knocked unconscious for five minutes by a late hit and woke up scared in an ambulance because he didn’t know where he was.
Scatchard, 35, was still determined to return this season until doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., examined him for a week and told him there were five visible spots showing trauma on his brain. So on Aug. 22, he became perhaps the first athlete to announce his retirement on Twitter.