“Personally, I’d rather have a player with a separated shoulder than someone with a concussion,” Neely said earlier this month. “I don’t know why it’s that difficult to look at the equipment and say, ‘We really need to do something with the shoulder pads and elbow pads.’”
In the playoffs, the Bruins were without Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid because of concussions. Marc Savard’s career is most likely over because of his head injuries. It’s difficult to determine whether equipment played a part in each of the player’s concussions.
However, the league, the NHLPA, and equipment manufacturers are regularly examining gear to maximize safety. We’ll have more on equipment in this Sunday’s Globe.