Bourdon Cleared For Contact
The Flyers got some good news today during practice concerning one of their defensive players.
Marc-Andre Bourdon, who hasn’t played since Nov. 30, 2012 when he suffered a concussion while in the AHL, has been cleared for contact, general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters today.
Bourdon told reporters that he finally feels normal.
“There was a lot of stuff going on in my neck and in my spine in general which was causing most of the headaches and dizziness left,” said the 24-year-old defenseman. “My brain was OK. It’s been a long time that my brain is fine. I don’t know how long, but everything that was left was related to peripheral stuff and that’s why it took so long.”
Bourdon has been in Michigan with a team of specialists that include Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher. There Bourdon had a workout trainer, two therapists, a neck and spine specialist, Kutcher and a massage therapist.
“Marc-Andre has continued his rehab the past couple of months and has improved to the point where we anticipate him being loaned to the Phantoms this week and getting back on the road to playing professional hockey games,” GM Paul Holmgren said in a press release.
Bourdon will provide the Flyers with depth at the defense position in the second half of the season. They've managed to be pretty healthy at that position, the exact opposite of last season's string of incredible bad luck.
But if the Flyers want to have Bourdon in their system past the week he's allotted, he will have to clear injury waivers. Any of the other 29 teams have the ability to pick up Bourdon.
Regardless, it's fantastic news for a player who was believed to have lost his career to a serious brain injury.
“I’m very thankful to God to get me to Michigan,” Bourdon said after skating with the Flyers for part of Sunday’s practice. “It didn’t just improve my hockey. It improved my life in general. I thank God every day for that. I’m really grateful I can have a good life and be back to hockey and try to make my way back up.”
Excerpts taken from David Isaac's fantastic feature from today. I was not on hand at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees for the news.