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Title - Chris Savard
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Canadian doctors believe NHL too complacent on violence issues in hockey
By Chris Savard
HometownHockey.ca

Canadian doctors believe NHL too complacent on violence issues in hockey
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 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.
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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.

Follow Us on TwitterIn his lifetime, Chris Savard has spent time as both an elected official and a hot air balloon pilot. As such, FULL OF HOT AIR seemed to be an appropriate name for this column. Savard will provide his thoughts on a number of topics including hockey on this site, as well as politics and local issues on OurHometown.ca. His opinion combined with $1.60 will buy you a medium coffee at Tim's! You can email him at csavard@ourhometown.ca








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