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NHL, NHLPA Vow To Study Role Of On-Ice Violence In Player Deaths
Published September 2, 2011
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TIME TO TAKE ACTION: Jets G Chris Mason said Thursday that the NHL and NHLPA "need to take action after three players died within a few months." Mason: "This may just be a terrible coincidence but if it's not, you have to find out warning signs for these things and take the proper precautions and treatments. It's definitely something that everybody is going to be taking a look at now and they are going to be doing everything they can to prevent this from happening" (WINNIPEG SUN, 9/2). Former Maple Leafs Assistant GM Bill Watters said, "They have to do something. There needs to be an investigation into the (possible) connect of these deaths" (TORONTO SUN, 9/2). Michigan NeuroSport Dir Jeffrey Kutcher, a consultant for the NHLPA, said league and union officials have "got to deal" with depression. Kutcher: "We’ve got to be better at monitoring for it, diagnosing it, treating it. … It’s psychological counseling on a routine basis in certain cases, and I think that’s kind of the message that I want to get out, is that it has to be more involved -- far more involved -- than what we’ve made it so far" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/1). The GLOBE & MAIL's Roy MacGregor writes under the header, "Wade Belak's Death Another Warning Sign For NHL" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/2). But in Toronto, Steve Buffery writes, "To reach the conclusion that suicide is an NHL problem or, more specifically, a problem with being an NHL enforcer, is premature" (TORONTO SUN, 9/2).