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Addressing Brain Damage

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

(Shawn) Thornton, who has amassed 3,087 PIMs as a pro (AHL and NHL combined), is among the game’s most agreeable, approachable players, but on Friday he politely dismissed out of hand questions linking fights and concussions.

“I don’t want to talk about it,’’ he said, mumbling an expletive and then using his left fist to rap lightly on the wooden bench he sat on in the dressing room in Wilmington. “I really don’t.’’

And why not?

“It is something that I don’t want to think about — ever,’’ he said. “My job is tough enough as it is. I don’t need to be thinking about that stuff out there.’’

As for the story about Probert, he said, “I didn’t read it. I saw the headline on AOL when I checked my e-mail, and it said he had a degenerative brain disorder . . .

“Yeah, no comment.’’

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