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Thoughts on Brandon Pirri, the Tallon link and what’s become of the Hawks’ center depth

Pirri_Brandon_IceHogs_Flickr_ToddReicher_2014Feb21_WolvesBrandon Pirri handles the puck in his second-to-last home game as a member of the Rockford IceHogs vs Chicago, February 21, 2014
photo: Todd Reicher, courtesy of Rockford IceHogs

By Chris Block

I recall day two of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.  Then Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon strained to holdback his excitement when talking to media types after drafting Toronto native, Brandon Pirri with the third-to-last pick in the second round of that draft.

“Terrific skills,” were the first Tallon gave when asked about Pirri.  “He’s really a good hockey player.  We’re very happy that we got him there.  It’s the old adage, ‘(we) can’t believe he was still there.’”

Pirri had just turned 18 two months prior and was a relatively untested commodity upon entering the draft, having stuck to the Canadian junior B level after committing to join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the fall of 2009.

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Chicago start-up’s Brain-mapping Technology a potential sports Concussion Diagnosis and Treatment game-changer

Kelly Gee, founder of Vernon Hills-based Quantum InstituteKelly Gee, Founder of Quantum Institute

By Chris Block

One Chicago area man, and former hockey player, who bounced back from a dark, prolonged battle with post-concussion syndrome now hopes to revolutionize how sports-related traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed and treated.

“Concussions are a scary deal because they don’t necessarily just go away, especially when you start piling them on top of each other,” said Kelly Gee, CEO and founder of Quantum Institute, a new Vernon Hills-based startup company looking to assist sports organizations in treating athletes who suffer concussions or exhibit symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Gee’s message comes from his own experience and his crusade is a personal one.  The 31 year old former goaltender and coach in the amateur hockey ranks knows all too well the seriousness and traumatic side effects that come along with severe concussions. Read more »

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