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by Paul on 08/31/11 at 10:56 PM ET
from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,
Maybe the job needs to change.
We cannot know to a certainty what role their work — intimidating and inflicting pain on other people — played in these deaths. However, the league must now operate under the assumption that the loss, in such a short time, of three men who performed the same specialty function for a living points toward a causal link.
What exactly that link may be — brain injury? the cumulative mental toll of a life of violence? — is the starting point of a debate.
Debate is what the NHL’s overseers do best — much of it pointless, and most of it leading nowhere.
Headshots were easy for them to brush past — no amount of rule changes can entirely prevent blows to the skull, since so many of them are accidental.
There is no such thing as an accidental fist fight.
This new debate must be different.
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