This is a tough one. According to Vancouver Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal, Micheal Ferland’s NHL career is over.
The gritty forward was not part of the Canucks’ active roster last year and was placed on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) to start the 2020-21 season.
This is all thanks to a frightening concussion history, one he had even before he signed in Vancouver, as he suffered another concussion just 12 games into the 2019-20 season during a fight with Kyle Clifford of the Los Angeles Kings.
Ferland attempted to return to action on three occasions, but was forced to leave each time with “concussion-like symptoms.” He returned for the postseason in the summer of 2020, but the symptoms returned.
And it looks like Ferland fears they are here to stay. This is what the forward told Dhaliwal, making it seem like his NHL career was over.
“I am feeling better, I wish I could come back, but I know where I’m at now health-wise.
“No, I don’t think I’ll play professionally ever again. Definitely no contact ever again, I need to take care of myself.”
“My wife doesn’t want me playing anymore. So as much as I love to play and want to play, it isn’t worth it for me to get another concussion and be back in a deep hole. I want to start skating, playing rec hockey, no contact.”
This is what is best for Ferland’s well-being. Here at Hockey Feed, we wish him all the best.
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