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    NHL Privately Acknowledges Concussion Link

    They put their guard down. Top league officials privately conceded that brawling among hockey players can lead to severe head injuries, depression and other health problems, with players self-medicating to cope with the symptoms. The newly surfaced email exchanges, which include Commissioner Gary Bettman, contradict public statements made as the league faces a class-action suit from dozens of former players. While the number of fights has fallen significantly since 2010-11, that’s unlikely to shield the NHL from complaints that they haven’t done enough to warn players about potential risks.

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