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Violence in hockey hasn't changed, but our tolerance for it has

Updated: January 26, 2010, 2:52 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

Contrary to the widely held view some people have, violence is not on the rise in hockey.

Anyone who remembers a game from the 1970s and '80s, when bench-clearing brawls were the norm, knows otherwise. Just click on this link to remember what hockey was really like back then.

But what has clearly changed, especially over the past decade, is society's tolerance for violence in hockey. And that's OK.

Which brings us to Patrice Cormier. The 19-year-old forward, ...

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