Montreal - June 14, 2012
On Thursday June 14, 2012, over 140 guests turned up to attend an evening with Ken Dryden, famed former Canadiens' goalie and MP, co-sponsored by The Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University along with Congregation Beth Tikvah Ahavat Shalom Nusach Hoari which took place at the synagogue in D.D.O.
The topic was "Concussion In Sports – The Danger for Youth and Adults"
. Mr. Dryden, who is an ardent spokesperson for safety in sports, talked extensively about the grave issue of head injuries related to sports, his own personal experience with concussion, as well as his views on how the game of hockey must continue to change to minimize this risk.
Mr. Richard Levy, former General Counsel of CCM –The Hockey Company and a member of the Board of Directors of CABGU-Montreal, was the MC for the evening. Jess Messias, a young athlete from the West Island, recounted his personal experience with the four concussions he has already had. The evening concluded with a lively Question & Answer period with both Mr. Dryden and Mr. Messias taking questions from the audience, followed by a raffle whereby a member of the audience was the lucky recipient of an autographed copy of Mr. Dryden's book – "The Game"
Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is renowned for its Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) and Emergency Medicine Programs. BGU has recently established state-of-the-art neuro-imaging facilities that form the basis of BIRC. One of the important issues that was touched upon during the evening was how the majority of concussion injuries can result in future epileptic seizures, an area into which BGU is undertaking some cutting edge, highly sophisticated and advanced research.