CALGARY -- Canada's physicians have dropped the gloves with NHL owners, saying the league is too accepting of hockey violence.
Two-thirds of delegates at a Canadian Medical Association meeting in Calgary 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.
He said he was motivated by a devastating 2011 hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty that sent the player to hospital with a concussion and a fractured neck.
"I wanted my motion to be specific to the NHL because that's where it happens," said Harvey.
"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."
-- The Canadian Press