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Concussions End Brett Lindros Career

May 1, 1996 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Brett Lindros, after two injury-restricted seasons with the New York Islanders, will have to retire because of too many concussions, the team said today.

``Brett Lindros is a bright young man with a lot to look forward to in life,″ Islanders coach and general manager Mike Milbury said. ``Naturally, the New York Islanders will miss Brett on and off the ice but the most important thing here is the long term health of an individual. Clearly, we wish Brett the best as he moves forward onto the next phase of his life.″

The 20-year-old brother of Philadelphia Flyers star Eric Lindros still has three years to go on a $7.5 million contract. Most of the remaining money will be paid off by a disability insurance policy.

Lindros sustained two concussions in NHL games last November and one during his rookie year when he missed eight games after a fight with Francois Leroux of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had as many as five concussions playing junior hockey in Canada, although Newsday said the Islanders did not know of that history when they made Lindros their top pick, the ninth player selected in the June 1994 entry draft.

Lindros suffered his first concussion this season Nov. 16 in a game against the Kings in Los Angeles, and he missed two games because of it.

On Nov. 24, in Buffalo, Lindros sustained another concussion, missing the rest of the NHL season and a total of 64 games.

Lindros was examined by Dr. Warren Olanow, chairman of the department of neurology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and Toronto neurosurgeon Dr. Michael L. Schwartz. Both doctors agreed that Lindros has become progressively susceptible to concussions.

Lindros played in 51 NHL games, had two goals, five assists and 147 penalty minutes.