The Philadelphia Flyers
released a statement Saturday from defenseman Chris Pronger
, his first public comments since it was announced he would miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season with a concussion.
Via the team's official Twitter account, Pronger's statement read: "It is very, very tough right now. I don't feel well and it hurts so much not to be playing."
The Flyers announced in mid-December that after meeting with two concussion specialists, it was recommended that their captain not play again this season. He assisted on a pair of goals in his final game of the season, a Nov. 19 loss in Winnipeg.
"After consultation with respected concussion specialists Dr. Joseph Maroon and Dr. Micky Collins, it is the opinion of both doctors that Chris is suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome," general manager Paul Holmgren
said on Dec. 15. "It is the recommendation of Drs. Maroon and Collins that Chris not return for the remainder of the 2011-12 season or playoffs.
"Chris will continue to receive treatment and therapy with the hope that he can get better."
Pronger played only 13 games this season, scoring a goal and adding 11 assists. He was out of the lineup for six games and 16 days after suffering an eye injury on Oct. 24 when he was hit in the face by the stick of Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski
. He eventually rejoined the team and maintained his usual defensive role.
In his last game against the Jets, Pronger actually played a season-high 26:41. In addition to his eye injury and concussion, Pronger also underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee in the summer.
On Dec. 9, Holmgren told reporters that Pronger "has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms."
"I just didn't feel well, I didn't know what it was," Pronger said that day. "I never felt like that before with headaches and nausea, and that stuff. I had a concussion baseline test and passed that … I got lightheaded, had headaches, you're nauseous."