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Cost of concussions key to change in NHL, neurosurgeon says

St. Michael's Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Cusimano. (QMI Agency file photo)

St. Michael's Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Cusimano. (QMI Agency file photo)

KEVIN CONNOR, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:57 PM ET

Less hits -- more bones in the bank.

A Toronto neurosurgeon believes he can change the violent culture of hockey by showing NHL brass that keeping the stars free from injuries is good for the bottom line.

In the three seasons starting in 2009, 63% of players who laced up were side-lined with a hockey-related injury.

The league as a whole doled out more than $650 million to athletes who were unable to play, with concussions topping the list as the most expensive headaches for a team's bankroll, says Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael's Hospital.


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