Hockey headshots need to be addressed, says PM Stephen Harper 0
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is taking issue with head injuries in hockey. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says fighting in hockey is as old as the game itself, but the NHL and other sports bodies need to address headshots.
Harper fancies himself a hockey historian and has a book coming out next month on the early chronicles of the sport. The pre-First World War period, he said Tuesday, was much more brutal than today.
"This is an era where guys were hitting each other over the head with sticks, where they didn't wear helmets or didn't wear any kind of modern equipment," Harper said from Indonesia where he was attending the annual APEC summit.
"They were pretty lightly equipped and the violence is quite shocking."
Harper was asked about the latest outcry over fighting after a clash between Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs and George Parros of the Montreal Canadiens that left the Habs' enforcer bloodied and face down on the ice with a concussion.