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Tags: Alzheimer's/Dementia | phil | bourque | memory | loss | concussion

Hockey Star Phil Bourque Reveals Memory Loss Tied to Concussion

Hockey Star Phil Bourque Reveals Memory Loss Tied to Concussion
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Friday, 05 February 2016 02:34 PM

Retired hockey player Phil Bourque says he has suffered memory loss as a result of more than dozen concussions over the course of his career.

The 53-year-old star revealed his struggles to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, saying he endured the injuries because he was willing to do whatever it took to succeed in his NHL career.

Bourque, a Pittsburgh Penguins’ radio analyst who was a member of their Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992, said he has begun to experience memory lapses that he can’t attribute simply to advancing age.

“There have been big gaps the last six or eight months,” he said. “Sometimes you think, ‘Well, geez, am I just tired, or have I been pushing myself too hard?’

“But it’s abnormally long gaps in memory and not being able to recall the simplest things, like people’s names who you’re around all the time. Complete blanks.

“We all have that moment where you kind of forget something, and it comes right back to you. Now, it doesn’t come back at all, and it’s actually kind of scary. People that you see every single day, you’re like, ‘What’s your name again?’ ”

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