Stoney Point - August 22, 2013 - The Canadian Medical Association recently held their 146th annual General Council meeting in Calgary, Alberta. Through the course of the few days, doctors debated a number of motions including one on violence in the National Hockey League.
The doctors were united this issue, as they supported a grab a motion objecting to the attitude of National Hockey League owners and executives in tolerating - some doctors said promoting - violence in the game.
“What we want to do is make it crystal clear that violence must be addressed,” said Louis Francescutti, an injury-prevention expert and president of the CMA. “Don Cherry may not agree with me … but purposely hurting someone is not part of the game of hockey,” he said.
The Globe and Mail is reporting this response from Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL,-,“The league and clubs are comfortable with the current state of the game,” adding that “numerous measures” have been put in place to improve safety.
Two-thirds of delegates at the meeting Wednesday voted to "condemn the complacency of the NHL in regards to violence in hockey."
The motion was brought forward by Dr. Pierre Harvey, a physician from Riviere-du-Loup, Que, who brought the motion forward in response to the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens.
"If the NHL stops doing that or makes a significant move to reduce those concussion rates, I'm sure the whole hockey industry and minor league hockey will follow. We deplore it because it has a significant impact on our players health and those players are major role models for teenagers and kids," he said.
Chara was not suspended on the play.