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When news came out on Wednesday about Jarret Stoll having a seizure and being rushed to hospital, the first thought in many minds had to do with concern. No one wants to hear about anyone else being rushed to hospital.

But then questions arose about why Stoll had a seizure. And then someone tossed out the word concussion, and people went into a little frenzy.

Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi spoke to the Times. From their report:

Lombardi said that a battery of tests was run on Stoll and that it was expected he would be released later in the day. He said Stoll was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance and Lombardi visited him there later Wednesday morning.

“Everything is OK. They’ve run some tests and they still had another one to run,” Lombardi told The Times. “The bottom line is that he’s fine. Now the issue is what caused it.

“There are a myriad of things that can cause them.”

That last line led to a lot of speculation.

Was it this hit from Raffi Torres during this year’s first round series against San Jose?


It’s possible. Concussions don’t exactly disappear. They hang around for an awful long time. The fact that Stoll played in the Kings’ next series against the Chicago Blackhawks doesn’t mean much. Concussions are known to have fading effects that reappear later on.

The Torres-induced concussion was the second known one of Stoll’s career. His first came back in 2006-2007 when Stoll was with the Edmonton Oilers.

Stoll, who’s 31-years-old, will face instant concussion questions upon his expected return. When that return to the ice will be isn’t known, but Kings fans are hoping he can work through the seizure one day at a time.

Stoll won’t be rushed back into action, and will surely take extra time off away from the ice. If there’s a bright side here, it’s that it’s early July; there’s plenty of time for Stoll to be evaluated properly.

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David OConnor

David O'Connor is a managing editor with the Sunbelt Hockey Journal. His writing has been on the Los Angeles Times' website, among other places. O'Connor also does some scouting work for the local Junior B hockey club. Please feel free to contact him at davidoconnorhockey@gmail.com.