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“I don’t think anybody can stop until we really understand the impact it has not only physically, but emotionally as well.”

Mike Gillis, general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, told the CP he expects the role of the enforcer to be re-examined now.

“I’m sure it will have an impact,” he said. “I’m sure it will create debate. I know in the case of Rick (Rypien), I don’t think we ever felt his role and how he played the game was influential in what happened. Perhaps we are wrong.”

Belak was scheduled to work as a sideline reporter on Nashville television broadcasts this season. The 6-foot-5, 233-pound forward played for Colorado, Calgary, Toronto, Florida and finished his career with Nashville, playing in 549 career NHL games with eight goals, 25 assists and 1,263 penalty minutes.

He fought 136 times during his 14-year NHL career, according to hockeyfights.com.