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Our Boys Are Getting Hurt!

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The following post was written by Andrea Winarski, the brains behind the organization, Safer Hockey in Canada. It's message needs to be heard. Please "like" and "share" this article with other moms whose sons are involved in hockey. When you ask a 10 year old boy why he likes playing hockey, he will tell you it is fun.   “Being with friends, working on a team and scoring goals is ‘sick’.” says Liam of the Markham Waxers Atom AA team.  He may tell you of his heroes, Sydney Crosby and Steven Stamkos and he may tell you of his dream of...

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Use Your Noggin To Protect Your Noggin

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We all want to keep our kids (and ourselves) safe! The publicity, lately, surrounding head injuries and concussions has put the issue of helmets and other protective gear on the radar screens of most parents. When should you wear a helmet? What is the best type of helmet? What else can we do to try and minimize the risk of a head injury and, even worse, a concussion? There’s a new product on the market called Noggin, and it’s available online at www.nogginpro.com. It’s a form-fitting black skullcap outfitted with cushioning gel packs that athletes can wear under their helmets....

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Pukes, Turncoats & Hypocrites

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Why is this man so popular when he keeps blurting out ridiculously inappropriate and stupid things? Don Cherry’s latest tirade involved several former NHL players: he called the players “pukes”, “turncoats” and “hypocrites” because they spoke out lately about hockey violence. In particular, the players voiced concern about hockey violence, head injuries and the link later in life to alcoholism, drugs and depression. Don Cherry seems to think it’s perfectly okay for hockey violence to continue. This is not the first time Don Cherry has gotten himself in trouble because of his offensive language. I’ll never forget his comments when...

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Hockey Dilemmas

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So the hockey world is struggling to decide how to respond to public demands to better protect hockey players from head injuries. Why is it such a difficult decision? Apparently the NHL Commissioner is concerned a total ban on headshots will make the game less action packed and, therefore, less interesting to the fan base. The #1 consideration of the NHL seems to be the amount of money the hockey franchise will make. OMG! I can’t believe money is even a part of the equation when deciding on the appropriate steps to ensure other hockey players aren’t injured and taken...

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Suicide Prevention

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I felt compelled to write about the suicide death of Wade Belak, a retired NHL player, for several reasons and it isn’t because I’m a huge hockey fan. In fact, what struck me as most tragic about his death was: He suffered from depression for a number of years. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Mr. Belak’s suicide underscores the fact that we have a long way to go to make progress on this serious issue. Mr. Belak’s suicide again raises the issue of how brain injuries can lead to long-term mental health issues. His role as a hockey...

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