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Shawn Thornton: No game blame

Updated: September 12, 2011, 10:04 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOLTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forward and enforcer Shawn Thornton does not think there's any connection between the three NHL players who died this summer and the roles they played during their careers.

NHL tough guys Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak all died prematurely and there's been plenty of discussion this summer regarding what the league and players' association should do to protect its players.

Some have even suggested that fighting should be banned from ...

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