All purpose 'Does fighting belong in the NHL?' thread
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09-05-2011, 11:49 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
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So an accidental death, and 2 guys with depression means hockey fighting is killing people?
The "accidental death" is a result of taking very strong painkillers, which becomes necessary when you have to keep playing and fighting to stay on the roster, if you don't do it then you become useless. So you get used to the substance and it becomes a part of the process. I don't want to elaborate too much about substance abuse but you get the general idea.
The reality of an enforcer is a very tough reality with many implications than you might not suspect, including an emotional rollercoster, physical injuries, dangerous medications and cerebral damage that is more and more linked to depression and other mental health issues.
Concussions and brain damage in general are the main issue, but there is a lot more to it when it comes to tough guys.
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