Brian Burke Has Solved The NHL's Concussion Problem...By Suggesting The Players Take Up Swimming Instead
Well, that's one way to look at it I suppose. I would think that one of the most well respected men in NHL circles would have been a bit more gentle in discussing the inherent hazards of the physical, contact sport that he's made a hell of a living off of, but this quote certainly pulls the proverbial band-aid off. Tough for players to bitch and moan about dying a decade or two early if they know before lacing up their skates that head trauma shouldn't just be a necessary risk, but also a professional goal.
Seriously, if you don't actually "want" a concussion then can you really say you have the drive to succeed in the NHL? As far as Brian Burke is concerned, if 'brain damage' isn't on your Christmas list then you should also scratch off that new 'Sherwood' and replace it with a 'Speedo' before sending it in to Santa. If you look up to Sidney Crosby and also worry about what his mental state might be like in 15-20 years then it's probably time to conduct a search for a new role model. May I suggest wading through the deep end during adult swim? If you don't wish to one day feel nauseous and unsure of your whereabouts while looking up at a moderately bright light then maybe you should shave your entire body and slap a skin tight cap on that oh-so-precious little head of yours, because the sport that could totallllly benefit from deterring participation is most definitely not for you.
After all, it's not enough to voluntarily play hockey knowing it's a dangerous sport. You have to embrace those dangers to their most detrimental extent, ignore their long term ramifications, and - hell - you might as well cross you fingers and hope that you too can one day play through a deteriorating memory just to prove that you made the right decision not following an aquatic career path.
Bright side: Brian Burke did (probably accidentally) imply that concussions are actually a real thing. It was likely more of a stumble, but we'll just go and assume it was a baby step...for his sake.