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Concussions will never completely leave hockey: Bruins Horton

Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton is no stranger to concussions. Here he lays on the ice after...

Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton is no stranger to concussions. Here he lays on the ice after being knocked cold by Aaron Rome of the Vancouver Canucks during Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final. (Eric Bolte/QMI Agency Files)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 PM ET

There is no magic potion to keep it from happening, no one piece of equipment that will completely prevent a player’s marbles from being scrambled.

In Nathan Horton’s opinion, the ugly underlying truth in the sport of hockey is that concussions are part of the game. Always have been. Always will be.

That doesn’t mean great strides haven’t been made in protecting individuals from getting their “bell rung,” both from a rules and from an equipment point of view. Hits from behind and head shots each have become cause celebres for the league, which has a mandate to cut down on both through stricker penalties and better helmets.

At the same time, Horton is a realist, one who feels you never will totally wipe concussions from the sport. There simply is too much speed and contact in the game to avoid the danger.

You play the game, you know the risk. That’s Horton’s take.

“These things are going to happen,” Horton said on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre.


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