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09-01-2011, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by habsjunkie2 View Post
Exactly, we don't know what these guys are dealing with on a personal level, but like the WWE this is becoming a more frequent problem, changing the game completely isn't the answer though, at least not in my opinion. Education, education, education and have these guys some sort of transition program to ease them back into real life once their time is up.
Maybe not changing the game completely, but finding ways to decrease the number of shots to the head or concussions. Yes, fights are entertaining in hockey, but are they necessary? Is the player`s present and future health of less importance than keeping the tradition of the sport intact? I don`t know, it could be time to simply ban fighting or harshly sanction it. In boxing, you train for years and even decades the proper stance, defense, distance, combinations, how to absorb shots, and you wear gloves and a mouthguard (maybe in hockey as well) and fall on a ring. In hockey, come on...

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