Former New York Ranger Marc Savard provided a sobering reminder of the gravity of the NHL's concussion epidemic.
The 34-year-old forward, who has not played since last January , said he is still dealing daily with post-concussion symptoms such as short-term memory loss and headaches.
"It's tough to see a bright future, to be honest with you," he said in a rare media appearance before Saturday's game between the Rangers and the Bruins.
Savard, on hand to dedicate a suite at Boston's TD Garden for patients of Children's Hospital Boston, sounded unsure if he'll ever play again. Last January, Savard suffered his second concussion in the span of ten months, which ended his season, and quite possibly, his career.
"If I don't ever play again, I'm happy. I had a decent career," he said.
Savard, who was a Rangers' fourth-round draft pick in 1995, said he's happy to spend more time with his three children and enjoys helping out to coach his 11-year-old son's hockey team.
A heartbreaking reminder of his plight?
Savard said he encouraged his son to take more checks after a game. His son's response:
"Dad, look what happened to you."