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Hockey: A Tough Sport by Alex Leef

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Most people know that hockey is a tough sport, but most don’t understand the real physical toll that 82 games and the playoffs have on every single player.  With hockey being a contact sport players are expected to give and receive numerous bone-crunching hits on a nightly basis. Most hits just leave a small bruise, but some can leave more serious injuries that would put most other athletes on the sidelines.  In the regular season hockey is still very intense and a physical game, but when your team enters the postseason you are in for something else. 

 In the playoffs, teams are fighting to stay alive and they will beat down their competitor until the final buzzer. Then they do it again two nights later. This is what adds up all the injuries. If you just watch hockey you probably won’t see the effect these injuries have on the players, but when you pay close attention and read reports almost every player has an undisclosed injury.  Teams rarely reveal…