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Pronger out for season with concussion

Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger makes remarks on the field after a news conference in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger makes remarks on the field after a news conference in Philadelphia

(Reuters) - Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the National Hockey League (NHL) season with a concussion, the team said on Thursday, adding another name to the growing list of players sidelined by the injury.

Pronger, a former-Norris trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, had missed the Flyers last 11 games with what was described as post-concussion symptoms but was benched for the remainder of the season on Thursday after being examined by concussion specialists who also treated Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

"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," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters.

"It is the recommendation of doctors Maroon and Collins that Chris not return to play for the Philadelphia Flyers 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."

The concussion ends a season riddled with injuries for Pronger, who also underwent knee surgery last month and missed several games after being struck in the eye with a stick.

The hulking blueliner had appeared in just 13 games scoring one goal and making 11 assists.

Pronger's injury adds to what is being described as a concussion epidemic that has forced several of the NHL's top players to be sidelined.

Crosby, the NHL's best-known player, Pronger's Philadelphia team mate and the league's leading points scorer Claude Giroux are among the marquee names being treated for concussion symptoms.

Top goal scorer, Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michalek, Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings' prize signing Mike Richards and New York Rangers Marc Staal are also on a long list of players recovering from concussion.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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