Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Will Peer Pressure Lead To A Ban On Fighting In The NHL?

With all the recent changes to the NFL when it comes to addressing players who have concussions, the NHL is possibly the next professional sports league to take the next step.

The New York Times reported last week that researchers posthumously examined former NHL bruiser Reggie Fleming and found brain damage brought on by repeated blows to the head from his playing days. Another former player in the article said that his memory is so bad that he'd write a book about his career if it weren't for the fact that he can't remember anything about it. Both men began playing in the league before protective head wear was made mandatory in 1979 and there will likely be other aging veterans who complain of cognitive and behavioral difficulties.

So with the recent stand by the NFL to protect its players from lingering effects of head trauma and the recent article in the NY Times, is it time to consider seriously banning fighting in hockey?


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