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What should the NHL do in light of recent player deaths?
Fri, September 2, 2011

By JOE WARMINGTON, QMI Agency

There’s no question the NHL is sad former Maple Leaf Wade Belak took his life and that Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Bob Probert died way too young.

But what is it going to do about it?

NHL must take action now



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Yo Pragmatic, who the hell do you think you are, the second coming of Opra? Iam who I say I am, so shut the hell up and stay with the topic at hand, head shots! I'm a moron cause I played the game for many years, some without a helmet and am suffering the effects. You my friend don't have an excuse. Who's the moron now? Pragmatic, ha, more like Proctologist!
Pedro, 2011-10-21 10:23:20

Pedro, no one thinks you are - or accuses you of being - a moron. You had a first-impression opinion and stated it, likely out of emotion. We've all done it. As you grow older you learn to avoid knee-jerk reactions (unless you're a Liberal MP) and give your thoughts sober second consideration before uttering them.
Pragmatic, 2011-10-16 09:25:48

My appologies to all the contributors. I clearly did not know what I was talking about! I have recently study the subject and have come to the realization that I'm a moron. That said the best thing the NHL or rather the Board of Govenors can do, fire Bettman, he's a bigger idiot than I am.

Pedro the Moron
Pedro, 2011-09-27 10:02:38

There is no link to the NHL with these deaths. Suggesting that the hockey career was the cause is jumping to a huge conclusion. People in all walks of life commit suicides. I knew two very good friends of my childhood who committed suicide. They had depression problems from spouses leaving them. What they had in common was that They were both very proud men. Neither was a competitive athlete.
Enlightened in Ottawa,, 2011-09-25 20:19:58

Pedro,

Consider this, as Steve Buffery points out in an article: "NHL enforcers aren’t an island unto themselves. Former Blue Jays pitcher Mike Flanagan committed suicide this summer and he wasn’t an NHL enforcer. Nor were Erica Blasberg, Solen Coulot or Jeret Peterson, all professional athletes who committed suicide in recent months."

If the NHL should do anything, it should pour funds into combating depression. Period.
Pragmatic, 2011-09-14 10:46:53

The comments to date are from a bunch of laymen who may or may not be concerned about the long term health of the NHL enforcer. If the NHL is truly interested in this issue it would test this hypothesis: Is depression amongst NHL enforcers directly related to their use of drugs and alcohol and the concusssions they receive as a result of hockey fights?

There are enough Chris Nilans and Georges Laracques out there to make a scientific study like this possible.


RB, 2011-09-09 08:57:24

The NHL has gone nowhere but into the tank since that idiot Bettman took over.

Can his sorry a$$ and make the NHL respectable again.
Gordie, 2011-09-06 13:38:01

The only thing and a major thing that the NHL can do in Wade's memory as well as the other players who have died, is to start a fund and donate each year to the facilities that take care of patients with depression and other forms of mental illness
Cathy, 2011-09-04 16:47:26

you are absolute morons and clowns if you think this has anything to do with fighting...get a life
clowns, 2011-09-03 18:29:35

While this story is tragic - the entire summer has been, really - the media whores are missing the point and trying to make the story into something it isn't.

Mental illness is rampant in our society, and the only connection this story has to the NHL, is that these guys all played hockey.

Every day people commit suicide, and it has nothing to do with being a hockey player or an enforcer or an athlete -- it has everything to do with being human.

There is help, but the individual has to seek it, and even when they do, sometimes it's just not enough.

God bless the ones left behind at this most difficult time.
Jimmy, 2011-09-02 20:46:22

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