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In-game violence is more likely than fighting between players during National Hockey League games, according to a study published Wednesday. one more, Refuting the league’s stance that its liberal policy toward fighting prohibits further violence in the sport and suggesting fighting may be linked to traumatic brain injuries.

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Peer review analysis examined all penalties in NHL games between the 2010–11 and 2018–19 seasons.

Of 2,842 NHL games over the duration of the fight, there was a 66% increase in violent minor penalties in ensuing gameplay, from .035 violent minor penalties per minute to .058, compared to games without fighting.

This contradicts NHL commissioner Gary Bateman, who has Frequently Told Fighting leads to less violence in other aspects of the game, and the NHL is the only major North American sports league that does not automatically eject players for fighting during games.

roughly a fifth In all NHL games there is a fight-Including Monday’s Stanley Cup final game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning—and the NHL’s embrace of the fight—is often tied For the gameplay of the game which leads to concussion and other brain trauma.

This type of fighting “increases the risk” of traumatic brain injuries, according to study author Michael Betz, an associate professor at The Ohio State University.

Fighting analysis in the NHL has been fairly low over the past decade, dropping nearly 65% ​​from .52 fights per game in the 2010–11 season to .18 in the 2018–19 season.