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Shannon on board with donating brain

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:22 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Ryan Shannon has been in the miserable place where victims of concussions live.

The Ottawa Senators forward is willing to do what he can to help others avoid that place, or at least make their stays shorter, including donating his brain to science.

"For sure," said the 27-year-old, who has suffered two concussions, one in the 2008-09 season when he was elbowed in the head by New York Islanders forward Thomas Pock. He was sidelined then for six games and that spurred him to learn as much as he could about concussions and their effects. He also missed three games after being concussed last season.

"Now you're getting into who I am at the core. It's a deep question for a human being. We have a responsibility to advance humanity and anything that does that is a good thing. It could help."

Shannon said once the word gets around about studies like the one being undertaken at Toronto Western Hospital, there will be others willing to donate their brains to grow the body of knowledge.

"When you think of the advance of our race, you think about industry and ideas," Shannon said. "Now it seems to be about the mind. There's so much we don't know about it. I think a lot of people will be willing to help in a lot of ways."

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