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03-07-2013, 09:13 AM
Random Oracle
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
That's a risk he was more than willing to take.

It's a risk that every player that laces up a skate takes when they step out on the ice.

It can happen with a hit, an awkward fall, a puck to the head.
It's much more likely to happen with fights, at least if you fight repeatedly.

By the way, I really liked the New York Times' article series on Boogaard. Here's an excerpt from part 1.

Boogaard rarely complained about the toll — the crumpled and broken hands, the aching back and the concussions that nobody cared to count. But those who believe Boogaard loved to fight have it wrong. He loved what it brought: a continuation of an unlikely hockey career. And he loved what it meant: vengeance against a lifetime of perceived doubters and the gratitude of teammates glad that he would do a job they could not imagine.

He did not acknowledge the damage to his brain, the changes in his personality, even the addictions that ultimately killed him in the prime of his career. If he did recognize the toll, he dismissed it as the mere cost of getting everything he ever wanted.

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