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Penguins-Bruins mayhem puts spotlight on NHL violence, discipline at meetings

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik is put on a stretcher during a game against the Boston...

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik is put on a stretcher during a game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, Dec. 7, 2013. (GREG M. COOPER/USA Today)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

The semi-annual meeting of the NHL’s board of governors, which gets underway Monday, will now be held against a backdrop. Not of the sound of picturesque waves of the Pacific at the doorstep, but the knocking at the door of the new reality for the NHL.

Events like the mayhem between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins, which resulted in two concussions, another apparently narrowly missed and a broken ankle, used to be called something like “just another Saturday night.”

Now, with a class-action lawsuit filed by former players over their brain injuries and increasing voices from both inside and outside the league for harsher penalties against fighting, there’s growing pressure for the league to rein in the violence in the interest of player safety.

Dismissing the bleatings of some weak-kneed pacificists in the media is one thing.

Staying a step ahead of potential multi-million dollar lawsuits is another.

  • Fast forward to the 0:05 and 2:00 marks to see the knee hit


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