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09-29-2013, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
Again, it is a rough game, very rough game. Keith Primeau had to retire because of concussions from a hit that he still gets headaches from here and there. I'm not sure if Bossy's back is great to this day either. Jeff Beukeboom got blindsided which led to his retirement. Steve Moore? None of these guys were hurt from fighting. Fighting is just a small part of how you can get injured. If you want to abolish fighting because of "player safety" you may as well be consistent and ensure that there isn't any contact from anyone at all, ever.

Even in the NFL there are still helmet to helmet hits unintentionally. It is a rough game, a fast game and a game where you have to think fast. Injuries will always happen, you cannot avoid them, that is something we have seen in the century we've watched hockey.
In the early days of hockey, officials actually had to place the puck between the two centers for a faceoff. It ensured an absolutely fair placement between the two.

Why was this practice changed?

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