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Chris Pronger’s wife on concussion: “It’s been a lot of trauma. We’re just praying right now”

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers falls to the ice after being hit in the face by a stick during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Last night, CSN Philadelphia caught up with Lauren Pronger -- wife of injured Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger -- at the inaugural Flyers Wives Fashion Show. The event was supposed to be hosted by both Lauren and Chris, but the latter was unable to attend after having “a bad day” in his recovery from concussion (as tweeted by’s Adam Kimelman.)

Here’s Lauren discussing how her husband is feeling and how it’s affected the family:

The effect concussions have on players’ families is something PHT profiled during our December spotlight on concussion impact in the NHL. Specifically, a quote from Pat LaFontaine’s wife, Marybeth, on how difficult it was to watch her husband struggle with the injury:

“I would walk into a room, and he would be crying. He cried a lot. Or he would be holding his head from the migraine headaches. They were terrible. He wouldn’t leave the house for a week. He wouldn’t change his clothes, wouldn’t shower. It was all the classic signs of depression. I thought he was having a nervous breakdown.”

The Philadelphia captain recently spoke out about his difficulties adjusting to life with a concussion (and without hockey).

“It is very, very tough right now,” he said via the Flyers’ official Twitter account. “I don’t feel well and it hurts so much not to be playing.”