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Researchers Call For A Ban On Hockey Fights

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Researchers at a Mayo Clinic conference on concussions in hockey called Wednesday for a ban on fighting at all levels of the sport, eight days after a Montreal Canadiens enforcer was hospitalized because of a fight on opening night of the N.H.L. season.

“Science has responded to the game on the ice,” said Ken Dryden, a Hall of Fame Canadiens goalie and a member of the Canadian Parliament, who spoke at the conference. “Now it’s time for the game to respond to the science.”

Although no direct link has been established between fighting in hockey and brain trauma, pathological studies indicate that fighting could lead to serious brain damage, the conference organizers said.


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awould's avatar

These scientists are so smart today. They figured out that repeated punches to the head and the occasional head slam on ice can cause trauma to the general headal* area.

The NHL will act surprised by this revelation and then demand more studies be done, then they will offer to fund these studies and we’ll never see any conclusive results again.**

* you’re right, that’s not a word
*see: the NFL

Posted by awould on 10/09/13 at 11:08 PM ET


It is a matter of time before hits to the head are totally banned, whether intentional or not and fighting will be banned. Once the trial lawyers sink their teeth, the game will change.

Posted by timbits on 10/09/13 at 11:40 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

I’m glad I’m 53 and a smoker.
By the time I’m 70 both hockey and football will be non-contact and suck royal
an I’ll be dead and won’t have to watch it.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 10/10/13 at 01:59 AM ET

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