Joel Quenneville admits he knows nothing about the human brain

I knew it wasn’t going to be a very pleasant morning when I was greeted with this quote from Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville:

“He looked really good today,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday. “I think he’ll get there and have a different group working on him. I think he’ll be fine.”

Apparently Hossa’s status is up to Slovakia’s medical people, which is OK with the Hawks.

“He looked fine exiting today,” Quenneville said. “We’ll let them decide where he is at health-wise, but we really saw significant improvement from yesterday.”

So let me get this straight….the Hawks as an organization are perfectly content with having  an outside organization decide whether their star player – who’s also signed through the next decade – is ready to play or not after suffering a concussion on Saturday night.

Gee, I wonder if the Slovakia medical staff will clear Hossa to play.

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7 Responses to Joel Quenneville admits he knows nothing about the human brain

  1. ArlingtonRob says:

    I realize Hossa took a hard hit, but did he actually suffer a concussion? I have not read anything definitive as of yet, just speculation.

    Hossa did stay down on the ice for a time, but he certainly wasn’t disoriented like Toews after his incident.

    Regarding your larger point, I completely agree. These circumstances highlight the problem with having an amateur tournament played during a profession season. The resources, risks and consequences are very high indeed.

  2. ArlingtonRob says:

    …and feel free to correct my spelling during moderation.


  3. John says:

    His head snapped back and he never returned to the ice. Then he sat out on Sunday. If he didn’t suffer even a mild concussion, I don’t know what happened.

  4. John says:

    By the way, in no way am I bitching about NHL players in the Olympics. I’m very perturbed that the Blackhawks would let a outside entity decide whether or not their player is healthy enough to compete.

  5. Otter says:

    Is the IHF like FIFA where the club small to no influence over players when they are with their national teams?

    The real bummer for the Hawks is that Slovakia opens with the Czechs (unlike the US and Canadians who get two cupcakes to start off). I’m not sure the Slovaks hate the Czecks like everyone in Europe hates the Germans, but I can’t imagine that everyone is all that friendly since the Czechs somewhat dominate the Slovaks while they we’re one country.

  6. John says:

    Good question, Otter. I’m not sure of the answer. Either way, the Hawks come off looking very ignorant in this. The guy had a brain injury. Pawning off the responsibility on a national team where they’re clearly going to operate in their own best interests doesn’t seem to be the smartest thing, regardless of what the IIHF rules say.

  7. Dave Morris says:

    As Donald Rumsfeld once said, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

    That pretty much sums this one up.

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