CORAL SPRINGS - David Booth, who suffered a concussion Saturday night in Philadelphia when hit by Flyers captain Mike Richards, spent some time Tuesday at the Panthers training facility here at incredible ICE.
Booth, who had a bruised right eye and scratches on the left side of his face, said he was experiencing the symptoms of a concussion – headaches, dizziness and fatigue – and he has spent the past several days simply resting.
“I do nothing,” said Booth when explaining his activities since being released Sunday morning from a Philadelphia hospital. “I lie in bed or sit on a couch. I’ll go on the computer for five minutes or read for five minutes…everything is in five minute spurts and then I have to take a break for 55 minutes. It’s different. It’s weird. I don’t like it.
“I just have to take it one day at a time. I have to be patient with it, get some rest and be ready to go when I can come back.”
Booth was knocked out by Richards with 2:55 remaining in the second period on a shoulder-to-jaw hit that took place just inside the Flyers blue line. Booth was taken off the ice on a stretcher and Richards was tossed from the game.
Booth said he received a text message Monday from Richards.
“That was nice of him,” said Booth, who said the message read; “Hope you’re doing better, hope you have a quick recovery.”
Booth said he has seen the replay of the hit. “It’s unfortunate,” he said. “I guess I have to be more careful. You always think about what you can do different, maybe not cut in the middle, having your head on a swivel. I don’t know...it’s all hindsight. It’s the game of hockey. It could have been a lot worse. I’m just thankful I’m all right.”
When asked if he believed Richards should have been suspended, Booth said; “It’s not in my hands. I don’t determine those things so I don’t really care. I can’t worry about things I don’t have any control over.”
There is no timetable for Booth’s return. “Everyone is different,” he said. “I guess we’ll just wait and see.”