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Christopher Robert Pronger (/ˈprɒŋɡər/ or /ˈprɒŋər/; born October 10, 1974) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently under contract with the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL), but has not played since November 2011 due to post-concussion syndrome related to three separate hits, also including being hit in the eye(s) by the blade of another player's stick; Pronger now suffers from vision impairment. Though he is not officially retired, Pronger is not expected to play again. In October 2014, Chris Pronger signed a contract with the NHL to assist its Player Safety Division, although he is excused from any decisions directly affecting the Coyotes, with whom he still remains under a player contract.
Originally selected 2nd overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Pronger has played for Hartford, the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, and Anaheim Ducks before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers before the 2009–10 season, having also captained the Blues and Ducks during that time. He has appeared in the Stanley Cup finals with three different teams (Edmonton, Anaheim, and Philadelphia), winning the Cup with the Ducks in 2007. Pronger won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the 1999–2000 season and was the first defenceman to win the award since Bobby Orr in 1972. Pronger was also considered one of the NHL's dirtier players and has been suspended eight times. A mainstay on Team Canada, Pronger won Olympic gold medals at Salt Lake City 2002 and Vancouver 2010 and is a member of the Triple Gold Club. He is also the first and only Canadian player to have played in all four Winter Olympics since NHLers have been allowed to participa