Groundbreaking Discovery May Drastically Impact NHL Enforcers

Published May 10, 2023 at 6:31 PM

The Dangers of Working in the NHL

The National Hockey League (NHL) presents various risks for its players, ranging from threats by opposing team fans to physical injuries. Moreover, these athletes may experience severe traumas that can result in premature death, as revealed by a recent study from a major university.

Revelations on NHL Enforcers' Lifespan

A critical study conducted by Columbia University highlights the disparity in average ages of death among NHL players, with a particular focus on enforcers or fighters. Rick Westhead, reporting on Twitter, shared that enforcers who participated in 50 or more fights during their careers had a significantly shorter lifespan compared to their counterparts who did not engage in fights.

A Columbia University study of 6,039 former NHL players since 1967 showed that enforcers (those with 50+ career fights) died on average a decade younger than their comparable peers. The mean average age of death for fighters was 47.5. The average age of death for the control group was 57.7.

The findings point to a substantial difference in life expectancy between fighters and non-fighting players. Although the long-term effects of physical traumas on hockey players are well-known, the stark contrast in life expectancy raises concerns about the well-being of these athletes.

Addressing the Issue of Fighting in the NHL

The NHL leadership is faced with the question of how they can remain indifferent to this alarming information. Should they continue to turn a blind eye to the issue, or is it time to consider banning fights altogether in the league?

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Groundbreaking Discovery May Drastically Impact NHL Enforcers

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