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The debate over concussions in the NHL was front-and-centre in the mainstream U.S. media Tuesday. It was the cover story in USA Today's sports section, which can be found here.

Perhaps the most interesting quotes on the topic come from Pat LaFontaine, who suffered several brain injuries during a brilliant career that ended in 1998, just one year after the league founded its Concussion Working Group.

LaFontaine's position is that blows to the head should be treated like high-sticking – even when they're accidental, they should be penalized. He also believes that hockey is finally "waking up" to the issue.

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Based in Vancouver, Matthew spearheads the Globe's sports coverage in B.C., and spends most of his time with the NHL Canucks and CFL Lions. He has worked for four dailies and TSN since graduating from Carleton University's School of Journalism a decade ago, and has covered the Olympic Games, Super Bowls, Grey Cups, the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA Finals. More

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