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Cut back on head cases

Hits to the head are a point of emphasis for NHL officials this season. But is the league backing the message?

Updated: October 16, 2003, 3:33 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

Head injuries have increased to epidemic proportion around the NHL in recent years. You know the names. Eric Lindros. Adam Deadmarsh. Kenny Jonsson. The list seems to go on and on. Some guys make it back to active duty, while others like Pat LaFontaine, Mike Richter and Jeff Beukeboom aren't so lucky. In some cases, the injuries are sustained in the normal course of the game. Too many, unfortunately, are the result of a reckless play.

During the preseason, the league office sent an annual ...

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