Cascade enlisted Messier to help promote a series of concussion-reducing helmets under the moniker “The Messier Project,” which you can learn more about here. That interesting development surfaced a few years ago, yet there was always the sense that a safer helmet wouldn’t gather steam unless a major manufacturer developed similar technology.
Seeing a company as large as Bauer make such an investment in Cascade is a fantastic sign that the industries powering the hockey world are taking concussion prevention more seriously. Hockey leagues both large and small still have room for improvement, but that will hopefully come with time. If these helmets make a significant difference in reducing one of hockey (and sports’) most worrisome problems, this agreement could be quite the breakthrough.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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