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Doctors charge NHL too complacent about violence

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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

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2013 D2

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