Hockey Concussions

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has laid out a five-point plan to limit head shots in hockey. But critics say it doesn't go nearly far enough. And many fans are wondering if the game they love has reached a point of no return.



PART TWO

Hockey Concussions

We started this segment with a clip of Don Cherry reacting to the National Hockey League's decision not to suspend Zdeno Chara. Chara is the Boston Bruins defencemen who drove Montreal Canadiens' forward Max Pacioretty head-first into a support post along the boards in Montreal last week.

The hit left Pacioretty with a concussion and a broken vertebrae. And it left the NHL with yet another black eye. Whether it was a dirty hit or not, it came after a succession of ugly checks, lingering concussions, and on-ice violence. For a lot of fans, it was the last straw. And the hit even prompted Canada's most powerful hockey fan -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper -- to wade into the discussion. We aired a clip.

Concussions are high on the agenda as the NHL's Board of Governors meets in Florida this week. Yesterday, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a new protocol for dealing with concussions. And after taking his first skate since he was sidelined with a concussion two-and-a-half months ago, Sidney Crosby weighed in with his own thoughts on the issue.

Some say the changes being proposed are half-way measures that don't go far enough. But others see a sea-change ... a tipping point in the way hockey is played in Canada. For their thoughts on that, we were joined by three people. Mary Ormsby is a sports reporter with the Toronto Star. She's also the mother of four children who play organized hockey. She was in Toronto. Paul Echlin is a sports physician who has worked as a team doctor for Junior A hockey teams. He's also the author of a major study about concussions in junior hockey. He was in Toronto as well. And Mark Moore is a former professional hockey player. He's also the author of Saving the Game and Making It in Hockey. And he's the brother of Steve Moore, whose NHL career was ended when he was sucker-punched by Todd Bertuzzi. Mark Moore was in Montreal.

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This Day in History

On this day in 1877, teams from England and Australia competed in the first ever "test match" in the game of cricket.

144 years later ... I believe it's just wrapping up now.


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