What's Buzzing:

Buzzing The Net

Attack winger and Senators prospect Jarrod Maidens suffers setback, sent home from training camp

Cam Charron
Buzzing The Net

View photo

.

Maidens has been unable to play for 21 months (OHL Images)

Earlier this week Buzzing the Net wrote about the progress Owen Sound Attack winger Jarrod Maidens had made since his concussion back in November of 2011 that kept him out of the entire 2012-2013 season. At last report, he was back at full practices, although not 100 per cent with his game and well behind the level he was in his rookie OHL season.

Maidens suffered a huge setback this weekend though, as the Attack announced that Maidens has returned home from recurring symptoms with no timetable for return. This is devastating news, of course, with OHL training camps opening last week and NHL rookie camps starting this week, there was lots of opportunity for Maidens to get back into game action as both an Attack player and an Ottawa Senators prospect.Playing again on Nov. 30, Maidens took a knee to the head but continued playing, only beginning to suffer symptoms after the conclusion of the contest. Perhaps there's a debate to be had about whether Maidens would have continued in the game if there were tougher concussion protocols, and whether he would have healed quicker, but it's worth applauding the Attack for shutting down Maidens for now and not risking further injury.

Maidens is unfortunately another data point in the big concussion discussion that's become an unfortunate reality in contact sports over the last few years. Hopefully for his case this is just a setback and he will be able to one day continue playing hockey, but he'll have to wait longer to get into game action now. After suffering a concussion during the 2011 Memorial Cup, former Attack forward Joey Hishon didn't play until March 19, 2013, a span of 668 days between competitive games.

If you're counting, the clock on Maidens is at 641 days since he last played a hockey game. For his sake, hopefully he gets a chance to get back on the ice soon and continue working towards his dream, but not at the expense of his health.

View Comments (0)
  • Leicester triumph transcends sport, says Scudamore

    Leicester triumph transcends sport, says Scudamore

    (Reuters) - Leicester City's remarkable Premier League triumph after starting the season as 5,000-1 outsiders transcends sport and might never be repeated, according to the league's executive chairman Richard Scudamore. Leicester, who were on the … More »

    Reuters - 13 minutes ago
  • Nibali headlines Giro amid mechanical doping concerns

    Nibali headlines Giro amid mechanical doping concerns

    Vincenzo Nibali knows exactly why he struggled so much last year, and this year the Sicilian is determined to return to cycling's pinnacle when he lines up as the main attraction in the Giro d'Italia, which begins Friday in the Netherlands. … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Long targets Spurs win to complete set for Koeman

    Long targets Spurs win to complete set for Koeman

    Striker Shane Long has backed Southampton to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday, allowing manager Ronald Koeman to claim the one scalp that has eluded him over his two seasons in charge at St Mary's. Barring Spurs, the Dutchman … More »

    Reuters - 51 minutes ago
  • Contrite Rose apologises over Chelsea-Spurs scuffle

    Contrite Rose apologises over Chelsea-Spurs scuffle

    Left back Danny Rose has apologised for his involvement in the post-match brawl between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur players and staff after Monday's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge ended his side's title hopes. Tottenham had nine players booked, the … More »

    Reuters - 55 minutes ago
  • Europe remained a bridge too far for Guardiola's Bayern

    Europe remained a bridge too far for Guardiola's Bayern

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Departing Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been assured a bittersweet farewell at the German club with the pending celebration of a record fourth straight Bundesliga title soured by another failure to … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 17 minutes ago