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Protecting The Youth

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, “

Then there are times when I’ll walk into a room and I’ll stand there and go ‘Why am I here again?’ – and you just don’t know. You don’t know if it’s from all the contact you’ve had over the years or what.

“With everything that’s gone on, with so many of the guys. … I mean, we had serious concussions and you’d sit on the bench and the trainer would keep asking if you were okay to go.

“So I keep an eye on it, on whether there are some things I’ve slipped on or whatever. It’s very, very real.”

McSorley still lives in Los Angeles these days, but went home to Ontario for Christmas and took in three or four minor-hockey games during that time. The always chatty and occasionally provocative McSorley said he was “shocked” by how poorly equipped the players were to protect themselves; and how vulnerable they were on the ice.

“I don’t know how many kids were there, facing the forwards, or going to the boards and spinning, where they put their backs to the other players. I think that has to be addressed.”

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The one thing I’d like to see – you know how they penalize kids when they hit someone from behind? Well, I’d like to see them penalize a kid who turns to the boards to protect the puck.”

That would be not right, but in the big picture he’s right about players turning their backs to lessen/avoid hits, and the danger zones it can/does put them in.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/01/11 at 09:32 PM ET

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I find it amusing/sad/pathetic that they guy whose ultimate legacy is that he whacked an opponent in the head with a two-handed slash and horrified the world in general is now commenting on player safety and calling for players to “protect themselves”.

Posted by Primis on 03/02/11 at 12:24 AM ET

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He also was Gretzky’s bodyguard.  Ain’t life ironic.

Posted by CPSLOgoalie31 from San Luis Obispo, CA on 03/02/11 at 10:53 PM ET

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