Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Gary Bettman's View on Concussions in Hockey Has Nothing to Do with Science

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Gary Bettman's View on Concussions in Hockey Has Nothing to Do with Science

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Editorial Exchange: Gary Bettman's view on concussions in hockey has nothing to do with science

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An editorial from the Toronto Star, published May 29:

During Monday's pre-Stanley Cup news conference, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was asked if he still maintains his view that there's no connection between hits to the head in hockey and a degenerative brain disease.

It's not a surprise question. Bettman increasingly stands out as the equivalent of a climate change denier when it comes to the effects of concussions and long-term brain damage.

With a clipped "there's nothing new on the subject," he left it to deputy commissioner Bill Daly to explain further. "This is not the commissioner's view, it's the sciences view," Daly said. "There's not enough information to draw that link."

The trouble with that, of course, is that science is far more complicated than the league would like players and fans to believe.

It may be true that science hasn't pinpointed exactly which hockey player -- or anyone else with the misfortune to suffer repeated hits to the head for that matter -- will be in danger of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and why. …

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