Chris Pronger opens up about the loss of his peripheral vision, and retiring on his own terms
Chris Pronger hasn't said much since a concussion knocked him from the game in late 2011, but he recently sat down for a candid chat Sportsnet's Dan Murphy. Murphy has an in, having released Journeyman, a book on the adventures of Sean Pronger, over the summer. Now, a conversation with Chris has yielded a two-part interview, Wednesday and Thursday nights on Sportsnet. Pronger doesn't come right out and say the word "retirement," at least in the snippets of the interview that have been provided thus far, but there are two major indications that the big blueliner is done. The first is his eyesight. Like Manny Malhotra, the puck Pronger took to the eye has completely changed his peripheral vision. From Sportsnet: What’s happened was I had 30-year-old eyes. I got hit and the doctor told me I had 60-year-old eyes,” the former Hartford Whaler, St. Louis Blue, Edmonton Oiler, Anaheim Duck and Philadelphia Flyer tells Murphy. “I don’t have very good peripheral vision. That so-called sixth sense? I used to really have a good one. Now, I couldn’t feel anybody comin’ around a corner. My kids scare me all the time. “That used to be what I was known for: knowing where everybody was; having a feel for who was around me. Now I don’t have that.” If this is the sort of thing that got Malhotra -- a player with no concussion history -- shut down in Vancouver, then Pronger, whose concussion history is substantial, really shouldn't be coming back. If his kids scare him, then NHL forecheckers absolutely should.
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