By Mary Paoletti
The first concussion came in October of 2007. It was frightening the way he hit the ice.
He returned to his team, only to be hit again. He ended up sitting out more than half the year.
To see him go down yet another time was a nightmare. It was the 2011 playoffs. The score was tied, 1-1, and the tension was palpable when he took the blow. Teammates, coaches and fans couldn’t help but think of his history. “No, no. Not again,” they murmured, hands over their mouths.
Simon Gagne and Patrice Bergeron have too much in common.