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Monday, December 26, 2011

Sad news on former Islander Dave Scatchard

From Kevin Dupont in the Boston Globe:

After the lockout, Dave Scatchard had a very brief stay in Boston, only 16 games in 2005-06. Today, he is 35 years old and out of the game for good, concussion-like symptoms forcing him to retire over the summer when, he said, an MRI revealed five spots on his brain. He told the Toronto Star recently that he suffers memory problems, gets dizzy when pushing his children on swings, and experiences postconcussion symptoms whenever his heart rate goes above 135 beats per minute.

"When I was a young guy,'' Scatchard told the Star, "I loved seeing big hits like `Don Cherry's Rock 'em, Sock 'em' [videos]. Now, every time I see a big hit or see a player lying on the ice, my stomach just turns.''
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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