Concussions are a funny thing — and Matt Calvert may know that more than anyone right now.
Calvert got himself in a bit of trouble when he was diagnosed with a concussion following a neck injury — although from the looks of things, the concussion wasn’t exactly recent. He claimed he had no idea he was suffering from a concussion, but speculation ran rampant as to whether he said that in hopes of getting more ice time with the injury or if he genuinely didn’t know.
Back when he was recovering from his own concussion, Pittsburgh Penguins forward David Perron (skating with the St. Louis Blues at the time) admitted that the toughest part about a concussion — particularly the subsequent recovery period — was the frustration at looking fine on the outside, but knowing you weren’t on the inside. He waxed poetic about all the skaters who would ask him on a nearly daily basis how he was feeling, and how it’s hard to describe exactly how he felt each day.
For Calvert, his statements once he was confirmed as returning to the ice sounded similar — filled with frustration.
Like Perron, Calvert will wear a tinted visor while he finishes out the season, to aid with his recovery. He’s confirmed, per Aaron Portzline, that he’s been suffering from light sensitivity since being diagnosed with the concussion, among other issues — although he doesn’t go into detail, Calvert sums it up nicely;
“It feels good to feel good again. It was a little frustrating throughout the whole process.”
For many, alarm bells were going off at those words. Combined with the tinted visor — light sensitivity? Are we sure he’s okay? — has the hockey community wondering if Calvert really is ready to be back on the ice. After all, Minnesota Wild alternate captain Zach Parise certainly didn’t come back needing sunglasses inside following his own concussion diagnosis.
Head injuries are unique to each player, though. What Calvert has experienced sounds similar to the aftereffects of concussions for a good chunk of recipients; while some eventually lose the sensitivity to light, others never do. At that point, it’s up to the team doctors to determine whether he’s fit to be on the ice — but judging by his openness about the recovery process, it seems like Calvert may be ready to re-join his team.
Speculation aside, Calvert has been confirmed to re-join the lineup as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the New Jersey Devils this evening.