Blogs

Dreger: NHL used concussion protocol on referee Sutherland

Darren Dreger
2/2/2012 11:21:10 AM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

There is nothing unusual about an NHL player being escorted to the NHL's quiet room for evaluation, as it happens on a nightly basis in the league's fight against concussions.

However, on Wednesday night in Buffalo the NHL's concussion protocol was tested on a somewhat unusual victim...referee Kelly Sutherland, who was hit in the face by a puck early in the first period of the Sabres game against the New York Rangers.
 
Sabres defenceman Jordan Leopold fired a shot from the right point which was deflected in front before striking Sutherland in the face. Sutherland had to leave the game and wasn't able to return.
 
Terry Gregson, the NHL's director of officiating says Sutherland was given the standard SCAT 2 exam (sports concussion assessment), the same neuropsychological testing players receive, and he will undergo further testing before being allowed to return to the ice.
 
"The Buffalo medical staff did a great job with him and have transferred their findings to Washington's medical staff (Sutherland's home). Dave Smith, our Health and Wellness person on staff oversees it all, and makes sure all protocol is followed," Gregson told TSN.ca.

Darren Dreger

Podcasts

TSN 1050: TSN Drive with Dave Naylor: Darren Dreger- July 3

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to talk about the Leafs signing Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli.

TSN 690: Morning Show-TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger-June 24

Conor McKenna, Amanda Stein & Robyn Flynn chat Hartnell, Umberger, Markov, Habs & Canucks with TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger.

TSN 1050: Mike Richards in the Morning: May 30 - Leafs Breakfast

Darren Dreger joined Mike & Dave for Leafs Breakfast to take us through the NHL playoffs


More Podcasts

Follow Us!

There's a new Twitter feed that will make you a real TSN.ca insider! Follow twitter.com/TSN_Sports_Buzz to get updates on the latest blogs, best videos and more!


More about TSN on Twitter...



TSN TweetBox

2014-15 NHL Preview

TSN.ca previews what to expect out of the NHL's 30 teams as we count down to puck drop. Check daily for team previews and updates on each Canadian franchise leading up to Oct. 8.


Latest Preview: Arizona Coyotes