Having just watched Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny BoychukÆs attempted decapitation of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Stajan this past Saturday night, IÆm all for stoking the fire of the debate. All season long, head shots have been a hot topic around the NHL, and the subject has raised extreme feelings on both sides of the debate. On one side, you have science. Former Chicago Blackhawks player Reggie Fleming passed away this past July at the age of 73. After his brain tissue was examined post-mortem, he was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) following an estimated 20 concussions over a 13-year career. CTE is the kind of injury most often found in football players or boxers. It is also the same injury that former Pro Wrestler Chris Benoit suffered from, and we all k ...
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