Florida Panthers forward David Booth will not play again this season after suffering his second concussion of the season on Thursday night, team general manager Randy Sexton says, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Booth, who missed 45 games earlier this season after suffering a concussion during a game against Philadelphia on Oct. 24, was flattened by Jaroslav Spacek's open-ice shoulder check to the head early in the second period of the Panthers' 4-1 loss to the Canadiens. He was helped off the ice and taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.
Booth's first concussion, at the hands of Flyers captain Mike Richards, spurred discussion of preventing blind-side hits to the head in the NHL. This past week, the NHL Board of Governors and the players union both approved a proposal to ban such hits.
No penalty was called on either hit.
"The initial symptoms weren't nearly what they were the first time through with the Richards hit," Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
But the concussion is still "scary," De Boer said, adding there's no way of telling "whether you're going to be the next Eric Lindros or whether you're going to be able to come back and be fine," according to the report.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.