Update: Quote from Flyers general manager Paul
Holmgren, "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.”
by Anthony SanFilippo, Flyers Inside
VOORHEES, N.J. – The first line and the
third line wore orange. The second line and the
fourth line wore white. The defensemen wore black.
And then there was one shadowy figure in grey,
wearing a tinted visor fully participating in
To say it was a surprise to see Marc-Andre Bourdon
on the ice Sunday would be an understatement.
Almost a forgotten man in the Flyers organization,
sidelined for the past 14 months with post-concussion
symptoms, there was some belief that the one-time
Flyers prospect may never play hockey again.
had been under the care of doctors who couldn’t
figure out how to resolve the vestibular issues
Bourdon was having. He couldn’t focus his
eyes. Bright lights bothered him. He was able
to work out and skate, but he couldn’t get
over the hump.
So, the Flyers looked for another avenue for
Bourdon to see if he could still play hockey.
They found a team of Michigan-based doctors, led
by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, who were willing to look
into his problems.
Kutcher’s team, which included two other
doctors, two athletic trainers and a massage therapist,
determined that Bourdon’s issues were more
related to the occipital (rear) part of his cranium
and how it sat on his spine.
After two months of intense evaluation and therapy,
Bourdon was able to return from Ann Arbor to Philadelphia
with a smile on his face – and a light at
the end of the tunnel.
“It was crazy because it went so fast when
they put their finger on the right problem, which
was the back of my cranium and my neck,”
Bourdon said. “All of my muscles were so
tight. I could barely move my head, but I didn’t
realize it because it was so long. When they started
clearing everything back there, the muscles, my
head started clearing up and all my post-concussion
symptoms were gone.”
who has been skating and exercising for eight
months said he is in the best shape of his life
and no longer has any symptoms and is ready to
return to hockey, something the 24-year-old was
beginning to worry would never happen for him.
“I’m very thankful to God to get
me to Michigan,” Bourdon said. “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.”
That’s going to take some time as well,
but assuming Bourdon is cleared by Flyers doctor
Gary Dorshimer tomorrow for full activity –
and the belief is he will – Bourdon is going
to have to start that lengthy journey back with
the Adirondack Phantoms.
“Marc passed his neuro-psych testing this
morning,” said Paul Holmgren via text message.
“We are hopeful he will be cleared for full
activity (tomorrow). If he is, we will then send
him to the Phantoms where he can practice with
the team and work his way into their lineup.”
Bourdon is on a one-way contract, but doesn’t
have to clear waivers now because of the special
circumstances surrounding his recovery from his
injury. The Flyers were able to use those special
circumstances because they put him on waivers
back in September when he was still hurt and he
“Nobody told me anything yet,” Bourdon
said. “But I’ll go wherever the organization
sends me. I’m glad I can play hockey and
have a good life. I’m ready to roll, wherever
they need me.”
Bourdon has taken some contact playing in a local
men’s league in Michigan, the first action
he’s seen since suffering his second concussion
in a short period of time on Nov. 30, 2012 in
a game against the Binghamton Senators.
He said he’s had no issues, but professional
hockey will be much different than a beer league
– and Bourdon knows that. But, he’s
playing with house money at this point.
“I was wondering if this was ever going
to happen,” Bourdon said. “I’m
thankful for every doctor and the Flyers organization.
They did everything in their power to get me back.”
To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email email@example.com
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