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Seminar on concussions in youth hockey

Buffalo Sabres captain Pat La Fontaine announces during a news conference Sunday, April 13, 1997, at the Marine Midland Arena, Sunday, April 13, 1997, that he will respect his doctor's advice and not play in the upcoming NHL playoffs. (AP Photo/Charles Agel) -- Library Tag 03172002 Sports

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NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine will be among the featured speakers Monday at a Randolph seminar about concussions.

Hockey coaches, officials, players, parents, and fans from all over Massachusetts will gather in Randolph Monday to learn about ways to prevent concussion injuries in the sport.

The free seminar, called “Play Smart: Concussion Prevention in Youth and Interscholastic Hockey,’’ will feature a panel of concussion specialists, as well as appearances by National Hockey League legends Tony Amonte, Ted Donato, Pat LaFontaine, and Bob Sweeney.

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LaFontaine is among the featured speakers. “I went through post-concussion syndrome twice,’’ he said. “It’s a very difficult thing.’’

LaFontaine will talk about his experiences in the NHL and how he dealt with his injuries. The Hall of Famer said he hopes the event, sponsored by South Shore Hospital, will increase awareness about concussions, and help make the game safer for the next generation of hockey players.

Another main speaker will be Jason P. Mihalik, a nationally recognized specialist who helped develop a smartphone app that helps parents and coaches identify and treat concussions in young athletes.

The seminar will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lantana, 43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph. Reservations are required. To register, call 781-624-2335.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at
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