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12-31-2012, 03:24 AM
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Originally Posted by leeaf83 View Post
It's not really documented, dont forget it wasn't the NHL. But it's pretty much a given that playing doctor without proper medical knowledge especially to the spine can cause long term injury ... and yes I'm in position to confirm this since I have permanent whiplash.
You aren't in a position to confirm anything about the effects of Eddie Shore's back manipulation.

Shore had enough enemies that I'm sure we'd hear all about the guy whose back he wrecked if it had actually happened.

Yes, Shore deserves to be mentioned very prominently in this thread. Players hated him, and with very good reason. But I don't think there's any reason to believe that he was incompetent or didn't know what he was doing. Shore was a great player, a successful coach who won five Calder Cups as a coach, and a successful businessman as an owner. What exactly did Shore have to gain by ending a lot of careers through cracking backs? He was a first-class *******, not a bumbling incompetent.

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