Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/01/11 at 10:46 PM ET
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
And, of course, now the clamour to rid NHL hockey of fighting is reaching new decibels because many of these same sermonizers fully believe that Belak’s death, as well the deaths this summer of New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard and Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien, are all related to being an enforcer in the NHL.
And it might be. But (Mathieu) Schneider is right on when he says that it is far too early to reach such preachy conclusions.
Could the deaths of Belak, as well as Boogaard and Rypien, have been linked to their roles as NHL enforcers? Sure. Concussions may have had something to do with it, or perhaps the pressure of finding a new career after leaving pro hockey.
Or, perhaps it was just the scourge of depression, plain and simple, that took a hold of these young men.
But to reach the conclusion that suicide is an NHL problem or, more specifically, a problem with being an NHL enforcer, is premature.
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