The 2017-18 season has been rough for Montreal Canadiens forward Ales Hemsky... Or barely existent for that matter. Back on October 20th, Hemsky was forced to leave the 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks with an upper-body injury after being on the receiving end of a pair of hard hits.
As you can see in the video here below, the first hit was from Josh Manson and the second was courtesy of Corey Perry.
Ever since, the 34-year-old veteran has suffered post-concussion symptoms, and now it has taken a toll on her personal life as he has revealed on Friday to La Presse's Richard Labbe that he is now pondering retirement.
"I don't know if I will be able to play anymore, it will be a hard decision," he explained to Labbe in a phone interview, translated from French. "In agreement with the team's doctors, we have decided to put an end to my season just recently. As for now, I keep talking to the team's specialists, and I am trying to get better. It's the most important thing right now. After that, it will be time for me to make a decision.
"I still want to play hockey. However retirement might be something I need to consider, even if I don't want to think about it right now."
Hemsky admitted he has been undergoing treatments with the specialists for the past three months. He has now played his last game with the Canadiens since he signed just a one-year, $1-million contract with the Habs this past summer. He has finished the season pointless in seven games...
"What is really hard is not being able to help the team out," Hemsky added in the same interview. "I am on the team's yearly picture and I didn't find it weird to be on it because I am with my teammates every morning, and I head to Brossard every day like everybody else. But I am unable to help the team, and that's frustrating."
"I must say it has been a very long season for me."
The veteran player will become a father for the first time this summer, and the addition to his family will have a major impact on his decision. Hemsky cannot recall how many concussions he has sustained throughout his NHL career, one that began back in 2002-03 with the Edmonton Oilers, who selected him in the first round, 13th overall in the 2001 Entry Draft.
"I would say that for now, the most important thing for me, is getting better, and be functional in day-to-day life."
We certainly hope Hemsky will make the right choice for him and his family.