Windsor’s Lone Star Texas Grill hosted a group of V.I.P. hockey players, who were there to reach out to the community about concussion awareness.
Christian Hanson, who previously played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Paul Rosen, a Team Canada Paralympic sledge hockey gold medal winner, and former Detroit Red Wing, John Ogrodnick, were there at the education seminar.
The event was hosted by the Stop Concussions Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness about neurotrauma injuries, specifically concussions.
The Stop Concussions Foundation was founded by Keith Primeau, a 15-year NHL veteran, and Kerry Goulet, a former star European hockey player, coach and general manager. Goulet was at Lone Star Texas Grill that night to talk to the people in attendance.
“It’s a sexy word for brain injury. When I say I’m concussed, people think I’m a gladiator, I’m brave. But when I say ‘brain-injured’, it’s a whole different stigma. So, that’s why athletes say they are concussed…it’s more validated. We are here today to remove that stigma,” said Kerry.
“You break you hand, you can wrap it up, it heals. But damage from a concussion can last for as you live, and people are starting to really see that,” said Hanson, whose father, Dave Hanson famously portrayed ‘Jack Hanson’, an over-aggressive hockey player, in the movie Slap Shot.
Paul Rosen, who is now a motivational speaker, said that what people need to know is that concussions aren’t just in hockey.
“They can come with any fall. In the school parking lot, the playground, coming into the house. It happens to everybody. My thing, with my own kids, with the people I speak to, I tell them is awareness,” said Rosen. He believes the biggest hurdle is people telling someone when they are injured. He hopes that he, and the Stop Concussion Foundation, can help people come to terms with their brain injuries.
The night began with a buffet of fajitas for all who bought tickets. Then, the athletes present spoke about the stigmas of concussions, and brain injuries. Those in attendance were given coupons for free baseline testing, a medical examination that allows doctors to determine a person’s ‘base’ skills, which makes it useful to determine if there is damage after a concussion is diagnosed.