The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's Ryan S. Clark wrote a compelling story on Moorhead's Ashley Stenerson and her concussion battle throughout the past few years.
Stenerson sustained four concussions prior to her senior year at Moorhead, where she is the all-time leading scorer. She reportedly told recruiting colleges that she wouldn't play past the prep level -- until the University of Minnesota called.
Stenerson played her freshman year in a Gophers sweater but suffered yet another concussion during the off-season, prompting her to stay out of the lineup during Minnesota's NCAA title run this year.
The Gophers coaching staff told her to hang 'em up. From the article:
“I think my coach said it best when he was like it is just a ‘gut feeling,’” Stenerson said. “I’ve had a gut feeling that I should have hung them up. It felt like the world was going to end for four hours after we spoke but I’ve had amazing support from my family and friends.”
Read the entire story, which details Stenerson's history and reflects on the increasing dangers and awarness of concussions in hockey today.