Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the NHL season with a concussion, the team said on Thursday, adding another name to the growing list of players sidelined by the injury.
Pronger, a former Norris trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman, had missed the Flyers past 11 games with what was described as post-concussion symptoms, but was benched for the remainder of the season on Thursday after being examined by concussion specialists who also treated Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
“After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr Joseph Maroon and Dr Micky Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters.
The concussion ends a season riddled with injuries for Pronger, who also underwent knee surgery last month and missed several games after being struck in the eye with a stick.
The hulking blue-liner had appeared in just 13 games scoring one goal and making 11 assists.
Pronger’s injury adds to what is being described as a concussion epidemic that has forced several of the NHL’s top players to be sidelined.
Crosby, the NHL’s best-known player, Pronger’s Philadelphia teammate and the league’s leading points scorer Claude Giroux are among the marquee names being treated for concussion symptoms.