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Published April 13, 2012, 07:26 PM

Former Moorhead star forced to give up hockey after series of concussions

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Ashley Stenerson has to say goodbye to the only game she's ever loved. The all-time leading scorer in Moorhead history was living her dream, playing for the Gophers, but after suffering a fourth concussion last summer, the former Spud standout now has to give up the game.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Ashley Stenerson has to say goodbye to the only game she's ever loved. The all-time leading scorer in Moorhead history was living her dream, playing for the Gophers, but after suffering a fourth concussion last summer, the former Spud standout now has to give up the game.

Ashley Stenerson – Moorhead’s All-Time Points Leader: “It's been hard. I'm trying to stay positive, keep a smile on my face. It'll be tough to not play competitively anymore, but I'd like to coach. I'll be around the game the rest of my life, so as hard it is that I'm not going to wear the Gopher jersey anymore or I guess play at that level, it’s just another chapter in my hockey life.”

Dom: “To your knowledge, or what the doctors told you, how many concussions do you think you’ve had playing hockey?”

Ashley Stenerson: “I've been to the emergency room five times to get scans to make sure that it’s not bleeding and stuff…but who knows at the end of the day?”

Dom: “Have you had memory loss issues yet?”

Ashley Stenerson: “Not yet, I do have some trouble reading and retaining stuff, and I still kind of have that now.”

Dom: “How tough is it that, this is the game that you love and it's biting you back, saying, ‘you can't do this anymore?’”

Ashley Stenerson: “As tough as it is, I don’t regret any of it just because I know that it's making me mature and it's making me a better person, the adversity. Hopefully I can grow from it and learn to be a stronger person.”

Dom: “You know, a lot of people will watch this story and say. ‘women's hockey doesn't allow checking or certainly less than the men's game.’ What do you say to that, considering you’ve had this many concussions?”

Ashley Stenerson: “It's kind of weird, you definitely are out there - not hitting - but it's physical and get hit the wrong way and weird stuff happens.”

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