Marc Savard happy, but not confident he’ll play again
|01.21.12 at 1:44 pm ET|
Bruins forward Marc Savard, who is out for the season with post-concussion syndrome, made a rare appearance at TD Garden Saturday to unveil the suite he recently bought for patients dealing with head trauma at Children’s Hospital.
Savard has been plagued with head issues since receiving a blindside hit to the head from Penguins forward Matt Cooke on March 7, 2010. A routine hit from Matt Hunwick on Jan. 22, 2011 ended his campaign last season, and it was announced prior to this season that he would not play. Savard said Saturday the chances of him ever playing again might be slim.
“Right now, the way I’m still feeling and the daily issues I’m having, it’s tough to see a bright future right now, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s tough. I still have my tough days that I want to get back and play, but at the end of the day, I know if I possibly got hit again, what could happen. It’s a day by day thing, still. I’m still hoping that something happens and I feel a lot better, but if I feel like this, I still couldn’t play.”
Savard said that the biggest symptoms he has shown involve his memory.
“I wasn’t a guy that forgot too much, and it seems like I’m forgetting my phone at home,” he said. “My son played a game the other day, and I left the keys in ignition in the car. I turned it off, at least, but I went in and watched the game, and I was like, ‘Geez, where are my keys?’ I went out to the car, and they were in the ignition. So just little things like that that I would never do and that seem to keep happening.
“Mornings are really tough on me – just getting going, getting the eyes open and going on. And the weather changes we’ve had in Canada this winter – I think you guys have had the same, but cold, hot, rain, snow, it’s kind of giving me a lot of headaches.”
While the memory loss has plagued him, Savard said that one of the worst symptoms of PCS — depression — has not been an issue.
“I’m happy right now,” Savard said. “I’m really happy, I’ve got no issues on the depression side. I’m around my kids every day, taking them to school, helping coach, and just, I’m really enjoying life. I think, like I said, I’m really happy, and happy to be here today. I don’t have any hard feelings about anything. I’m just happy.”
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