In the last few months three retired hockey enforcers have died – two to suicide and one to an overdose of pills and alcohol. These enforcers are paid bick bucks to pro tect their team’s stars on the ice – with their fists if necessary. For example, Wade Belak, 28, who hanged himself this week in a luxury Toronto hotel, had 136 fights. The blows that all these men took to their heads have never neen counted. But science has demonstrated that there is a link between concussion and depression, personality changes and memory loss.
Even if fighting in hockey is permitted to continue – in the heat of the moment – is it high the enforcer’s role should now be banned?
One simple and easy way to do that would be to reduce the size of each team,’s roster by one or two players. Then it would be harder for a team to carry a player like Mr. Belak who garnered only 33 scoring points over 14 seasons.
Should the designated hockey fighter be banned?
What do you think?