Ice Hockey Linked to Brain Damage
Case ties sport to injuries associated with football, boxing
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2009 8:38 AM CST
A new case links ice hockey to brain damage. Ouch.   (AP Photo/Andy King)

(Newser) – A deceased pro player with a brain damage caused by repeated head trauma has linked ice hockey to the health risks usually associated with boxing and football. Researchers at Boston University found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brain of one-time Ranger Reggie Fleming. It is the first time ice hockey has been linked to the disease.

The National Hockey League faces mounting pressure to curb injuries and but told the New York Times they would not comment until they'd had the chance to "read and digest."
But don't expect big changes any time soon. “Hitting is part of our game," explains one NHL manager. "And you don’t want to change the fundamental nature of the game.”