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Concussion discussion: speed at the expense of safety?

Jason Pominville

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2010, file photo Buffalo Sabres’ Jason Pominville is carted off the ice after a hit which resulted in a gash above his eye and a concussion during an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Buffalo, N.Y. Concussions were the major theme of a two-day summit on hockey concussions this week at the Mayo Clinic, where more than 250 doctors, scientists and hockey officials talked about the latest research and strategized on ways to cut down on concussions, especially in youth hockey. (AP Photo/ David Duprey, File)


Following last week’s alarming rash of concussions, NHL agent Alan Walsh blamed some of the “epidemic” on the increased speed of the game in the post-lockout era. It seems a bit much to ask the league to go back to Dead Puck Era rules just because of such a belief.

Still, it does beg the question: has the increase in speed come at the expense of player safety? If so, what should be done to try to find the right balance? Check out the video below for discussion on that topic.