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04-24-2012, 05:13 PM
Took the red pill
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Originally Posted by patty59 View Post
Hockey didn't get more violent, people just got softer. And I don't mean that in a derogatory way either.
I don't think that's true at all. Look at the average hockey player in, say, the 1960s compared to today. Back in the day, the majority of them looked like your next-door neighbor grilling up some burgers and chugging a few cold ones. Today, they look like this:

People know more today - they know what a difference proper nutrition makes, they know how bad smoking is, and they understand the impact injuries have on their bodies, including the long-term affects of concussions.

Equipment certainly has had a hand in increasing injuries, but the growth and development of the human body has also made a difference. Today, an "average" NHL player is more than six feet tall and weighs more than 200 pounds. Decades ago, that sort of player was looked upon as Chara is today.

There is no one simple answer - it's a combination of many factors. People who are looking for simple answers are going to be disappointed.

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