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CTE Needs To Be Addressed By The NHL

from John Branch of the New York Times,

To the family of the former N.H.L. player Jeff Parker, the posthumous diagnosis of C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, was the predictable conclusion. All those hits to the head, including that final one that knocked him out of the game altogether, and all those subsequent years of struggle? In the final, difficult years before Parker’s death last September at age 53, the family figured that it must be C.T.E.

“It just makes me sad,” John Parker, Jeff’s younger brother, said through tears. “It doesn’t bring him back. It just makes you feel sad, that he was living with this, and it’s a thing. It’s a real thing.”

To the N.H.L. and its commissioner, Gary Bettman, the diagnosis is likely to be the latest piece of evidence to dismiss or combat. Even as links build a chain bridging the sport to C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease associated with repetitive head trauma, and some of the game’s most revered names push the league to take a more open-minded approach, the N.H.L. has denied any connection between long-term brain damage and hits to the head.

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I don’t know what the NHL has to gain by arguing that there’s no link to CTE, as if somehow hockey hits are purer and more just than hits in any other contact sport so they cannot possibly hurt someone long term.  I don’t get that at all.  But it will take a generation for things to change. Its an old boys network top to bottom.  I mean, Mike Milbury is on the majority of national broadcasts.  This is a man that climbed into the stands and beat a paying fan with his own shoe.

I don’t believe the NFL does anything altruistically, I believe they do anything that makes a buck, but compared to the NHL, they’ve done more to curb that mentality of excessive brutality.  But like I’ve said on here before, the NHLPA appeals most of the suspensions for the offending player.  The players could just as easily agree to stop ruining each others brains without waiting for Bettman and Co to issue some edict.

Posted by PMP5030 on 05/04/18 at 10:24 AM ET

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