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Notes from the NHL Hall of Fame red carpet

Updated: November 28, 2011, 9:30 AM ET
By Craig Custance

TORONTO -- The NHL Hall of Fame inductions produce incredible moments, like Mark Howe slipping on his father's No. 9 jersey or Doug Gilmour declaring that Pat Burns will someday join him in the Hall.

From a hockey writer standpoint, it's also a great opportunity to grab a wide range of important people in the league when they descend on Toronto to honor the incoming class. Monday was no different. Here are the highlights of a dozen or so interviews conducted around the inductions:

Keith Primeau hosted a Monday afternoon news conference to bring awareness to concussion education, and his work on the issue is very admirable after concussions forced him out of hockey. He's also endorsing a new chin strap that measures the force of hits. He was kind enough to sit down for a few minutes and chat about his role in raising concussion awareness. He mentioned he still suffers headaches from his concussions, and I asked whether those symptoms would prevent him from playing in the alumni game before the Winter Classic.

"I can't play in that," he answered. "For a couple reasons. One, I don't feel comfortable enough doing it. I have my skates on almost every day but haven't had my equipment on since the day I retired. Secondly, I can't go back to where I was. Whether accident or intentional, [if] somebody accidentally bumped me or I fall and hit my head -- I can't go back to that place." The Flyers contacted Primeau about playing, but he decided to accept a coaching position for the game instead. "It piqued my interest, but it's too dangerous," he said.

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