With so much focus on head injuries around hockey, Brooks Laich said it might have all gone too far. Asked about Jay Beagle possibly wanting to hurry back into action, Laich talked about the NHL’ concussion protocol in a way that very much goes against the grain of public opinion.
“I really don’t care about that awareness stuff. To be honest I’m sick of hearing all this talk about concussions and about the quiet room,” said Laich, who is Washington’s NHLPA representative. “This is what we love to do. Guys love to play, they love to compete, they want to be on the ice.
“How do you take that away from somebody? We accept that there’s going to be dangers when we play this game and know that every night that you get dressed. Sometimes it just feels like we’re being babysat a little too much. We’re grown men and we should have a little bit of say in what we want to do.”
Laich mentioned a level of respect with trainers, who are looking out for players’ well-being. But that’s an issue when players want to play.
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said Beagle wanted to return Thursday night after his fight with Arron Asham but was not allowed because of the league’s protocol. Boudreau said Friday that Beagle was not experiencing any concussion symptoms.
Mike Green, who suffered a concussion last year, agreed with much of what Laich had to say.
“You’ve got to make that call. I think at times the protocol for testing for concussions – they’re just tests, they’re not exactly how you feel,” Green said. “That’s just my opinion.”