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Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer (main New York Times story)
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12-05-2011, 10:47 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Brooklyn, of course
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Part 3 of the series revealed that Boogaard had CTE, the same brain disease that Probert had. I hope the NHL and NHLPA are doing research on CTE and educating its players. I think it's getting to the point where it's not a matter of if but when fighting will be banned from the league.
This was the findings:
Boogaard had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as C.T.E., a close relative of Alzheimer’s disease. It is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. It can be diagnosed only posthumously, but scientists say it shows itself in symptoms like memory loss, impulsiveness, mood swings, even addiction.
And this would have been the outcome:
The scientists on the far end of the conference call told the Boogaard family that they were shocked to see so much damage in someone so young. It appeared to be spreading through his brain. Had Derek Boogaard lived, they said, his condition likely would have worsened into middle-age dementia.
At the very least, it's time to phase out fighting in Juniors.
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