Just a few seasons ago the Flyers pulled off a massive trade, landing future hall-of-fame defenseman Chris Pronger from the Anaheim Ducks. Unfortunately, just three years later, head injuries have not only put a screeching halt to Pronger’s career, but they have also made it difficult for him to live a normal life, because of his constant concussion like symptoms. Due to a strange rule that the Flyers are in a better cap situation if Pronger does not retire, therefore voiding his deal, Pronger did not officially announce his retirement at today’s press conference. He did however address his future.”
“I don’t know if this is the end, right now I am working to get better for me and my family.”
Pronger did say that he still strives to play, but all but told Flyers fans that it will never happen.
“I won’t ever give up my dream of playing again, but I can’t run or jog without feeling pain.”
Sadly, Pronger will never be able to realize that dream. The more sad part is the fact that Pronger is only 38 and struggling to live a normal day to day life. He is one of the best defenseman in NHL history, who made his name off of his goonish type style. Unfortunately that goonish style has caught up to him, and likely will affect him for the rest of his life.