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tmurfin 10-20-2011 03:41 PM

Kris Chucko Retires
 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...rticle2208171/

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“My decision was based on how I felt, how crappy I felt for and have felt for the last 11 to 12 months, and the six or seven months (after) the first one,” Chucko said from his home in Minnesota. “When you sit at home with a headache for six or seven months straight, the decision doesn't come too hard.

“It was one of those things where I basically buried myself in a cage for two years because I couldn't do anything and I started to think `Is this really worth it?“
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“If you took out a concussion symptoms chart I was feeling pretty much all of them,” said Chucko, a native of Burnaby, B.C. “Dizziness, vision, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, nausea, sickness — you can go right down the list to the very bottom, other than memory.

“On the second hit my neck just deteriorated, I can't lift a heavy bag of groceries yet, so I'm not working out or lifting weights cause I get these shooting pains down the back of my neck and it's pretty uncomfortable.”

I know he got a lot of flack around here, but it's really unfortunate that things turned out this way for him.

All the best to him and his recovery.

Johnny Hoxville 10-20-2011 03:58 PM

It is too bad, hopefully in time he can resume to live a normal life.

MarkGio 10-20-2011 04:30 PM

That's a terrible story. And he's still a young man who hasn't generated enough money to secure a financial future, and given that the young man can't even lift groceries anymore, he's going to have a hard future.

Medium Rare* 10-20-2011 04:57 PM

I think Chucko always got a bit of a bum wrap, he was always meant to be a long term project that was supposed to spend 4 years in university and mature. Instead he turns pro after 2 years and is merely average in his first 2 professional seasons. In his 3rd season on the farm (would have been his first had he finished school) he starts showing promise tallying 28 goals and over 50 points. The next season his concussion troubles start.

He was progressing at exactly the pace he was expected to IMO. But people look at no more than numbers when judging players, I think he simply wasn't ready yet when he turned pro.

All that said I hope he can shake the symptoms and start living a healthy, pain free life.

Best of luck Kris.

flamesfever 10-20-2011 05:46 PM

I still remember when we drafted him I was like...WHO? Mike Green when like 5 players after him i think.

Regardless of my opinion on where he was drafted i really hope everything works out for him and he can resume a normal life someday. That's sad to read about all his physical problems.

slappipappi 10-20-2011 06:06 PM

He wqas drafted as a project, sure, but someone who if they continued to progress might eventually become a 4th liner, or perhaps a poor 3rd liner.

That's now how you draft in the 1st round.

That's what late round picks are for.

Xelstyle 10-20-2011 09:05 PM

Best of luck to the young guy in the next stages of his life.

Janko Unchained 10-20-2011 09:22 PM

That's rough. I hope things get better for him and he can move on with his life.

tfong 10-21-2011 02:03 AM

Hope his symptoms go away, this article really isn't about him as a hockey player, but as a person. Concussion is messing with his life and he does have my sympathy.

I just hated him as a first round pick heh. Zajac made him look good in Salmon Arm :P

Johnny Hoxville 10-21-2011 02:06 AM

Specifically to the draft, the only positive that came out of drafting Chucko was that it was a lesson well learned that those are not the type of players that you select in the first round.

Flames 1st pick 10-21-2011 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by MVW (Post 38247133)
Specifically to the draft, the only positive that came out of drafting Chucko was that it was a lesson well learned that those are not the type of players that you select in the first round.

Lesson Sutter never learned.

Johnny Hoxville 10-21-2011 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Dallas Hockey Fan (Post 38249267)
Lesson Sutter never learned.

Idk, I think he got better towards the end. The book is still out on Nemisz, Backlund was a good pick, so was Erixon even though he is a dbag, and Reinhart looks to be like he was a real gem even though he was picked in the 3rd. Overall though his drafting record was abysmal.

Janks 10-21-2011 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by MVW (Post 38257261)
Idk, I think he got better towards the end. The book is still out on Nemisz, Backlund was a good pick, so was Erixon even though he is a dbag, and Reinhart looks to be like he was a real gem even though he was picked in the 3rd. Overall though his drafting record was abysmal.

This. I think Sutter took too safe of picks when he first got in as GM to stock the cupboard and then he started to make riskier picks. He isn't as dumb as people make him to seem, however he did have some ill-advised moves.

Triple Deke 10-21-2011 02:29 PM

I hope Chucko can get over the concussion issues. It's sad to see a relatively young guy retire due to injury.

GoFlames 10-24-2011 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by MVW (Post 38257261)
Idk, I think he got better towards the end. The book is still out on Nemisz, Backlund was a good pick, so was Erixon even though he is a dbag, and Reinhart looks to be like he was a real gem even though he was picked in the 3rd. Overall though his drafting record was abysmal.

The book is closing on Pelech and maybe Negrin too. This should be the year for Nemisz to start showing some promise or that is another one that is looking more of a long shot. Reality is what 5% of drafted players play ONE NHL game. That said the ratio for first rounders should be WAY higher than that...

tfong 10-24-2011 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by GoFlames (Post 38414871)
The book is closing on Pelech and maybe Negrin too. This should be the year for Nemisz to start showing some promise or that is another one that is looking more of a long shot. Reality is what 5% of drafted players play ONE NHL game. That said the ratio for first rounders should be WAY higher than that...

Don't think Pelech is anything more than 5/6 stay at home. We have Brett Carson for that already and Butler is more mobile than Pelech.

saillias 10-24-2011 10:13 PM

Pelech is not with the Flames org anymore, we didn't re-sign him, he went to SJ. Negrin is in the ECHL apparently.


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