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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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serve the full penalty times,olympic rinks, and pedro said the rest. Hockey is a skill sport, imagine with the goons gone, the beauty of the sport will shine through.

head shots, 10 games, 2nd head shot,the rest of the

season. We may lose Savard, Crosby, who else?

Bascot
bascot, 2011-09-02 17:24:06

Come on people! These guys battled depression long before they were fighters in the NHL! The NHL has had fighters for decades. How many have committed suicide? Give it a rest. Wade taking his own life is very tragic but it has nothing to do with him being a fighter in the NHL! Mike Flanagan took his own life last week. Should we now demand a study of every pitcher thats ever played in the Majors? Maybe we should remove pitching from Baseball! The 2 suicides this summer of NHL Players is Tragic. The 3rd death was an accidental overdose. Morons calling for fighting to be removed from hockey are simply using a tragic situation to try to get their way. If you don't like the NHL, don't watch! There are plenty of other sports out there that don't have any body contact at all that I'm sure you could enjoy.
cappthook, 2011-09-02 16:12:20

The NHL has been transformed by the present leadership into a league where the product must adapt to the required financial returns of the owners.

Players are dying and being injured for life but NHL leadership has not responded because it may affect the financial bottom line.

In any other business, owners would be charged for operating a dangerous workplace but in the NHL they can make money with blood on their hands.

Do any of them have a conscience?


Henry, 2011-09-02 13:36:49

I hate to say this, but I'm not sure the NHL needs to do anything. Is it the responsibility of an employer to baby sit ex-employees after they're gone, for whatever reason?

The latest tragedy - Wade Belak - is very sad. I was a big fan of his - he played his role very well and was an intelligent and entertaining person. When someone takes their own life the people closest to that person will feel tremendous guilt, but they shouldn't. The human mind is a very mysterious thing.
Jake, 2011-09-02 11:18:47

Ban fighting, effective immediately. But, given the glacial pace of player safety reforms in the NHL, enact the following: first fight of the season, game misconduct for the combatants. Second fight, two game suspension and then double the suspension with each subsequent fight. In the case of injury with intent, the perpetrator is not allowed to dress and return to play until the injured player (read: Sid Crosby, ie.,) returns to the ice with his health fully restored. The goons will soon become extinct, as they should be.
pedro, 2011-09-02 10:48:06

Personally, I've always been a hockey fan. PERIOD.

Never appreciated the fighting, and all the more true now.
HGA, 2011-09-02 10:28:27

Its time to reconsider the enforcer role. Over the last few years the players have become bigger and the punishment that they can deliver has become deadly. I don't advocate that fighting should be banned but I do believe that enforcers should not be allowed. I think it would be relatively easy to define an enforcer based on fighting PIM's or the number of fights in a given period of time. Once an upper limit is reached the enforcer's season is over. Years ago I was told by trainers from two different NHL teams that enforcers regularly use stimulants including cocaine in order to prepare themselves to undertake this dreadful task. In summary, hockey would be better off without enforcers and players would be better off if not thrust into the role of the enforcer.
Ron, 2011-09-02 09:02:58

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