Violence in Hockey Symposium coming to London February 24th

    LONDON, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Middlesex-London Health Unit announced
today that it will host the Violence in Hockey Symposium 2009, February 24th
at the London Convention Centre. The event aims to bring coaches, trainers,
parents, players, and anyone with an interest in hockey together for a day of
presentations and interactive sessions about fighting and the incidence of
violence in the sport.
    "There's a growing number of people in Canada who love hockey, but feel
there's no longer a place for fighting in the game," says Dr. Graham Pollett,
Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. "Our ultimate
goal in holding this symposium is a ban on fighting in hockey and the kind of
on-ice violence that causes injuries."
    The format of the symposium includes presentations and interactive
"Question and Answer" sessions with the many experts who will be participating
in the day's events.

    Confirmed presenters include:

    -  George Black, President Sports Officials Canada; Senior Advisor
       Operations with the CFL,
    -  Dr. Ken Bocking, Surgeon, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital,
    -  Ken Campbell, Author, sportswriter The Hockey News,
    -  Scott Campbell, Police Officer, City of Stratford; hockey coach,
    -  Marshall Copp, Technical Director, Alliance Hockey, Sports Officials
    -  Bruce Dowbiggin, Broadcaster, author, sportswriter The Calgary Herald,
    -  Donald Gorassini, Professor of Psychology, King's University College,
    -  Peter Jaffe, Professor, Faculty of Education, UWO; Academic Director
       of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women &
    -  Bryan Lewis, Consultant for the ECHL; former Director of Officiating
       for the NHL
    -  Rick Morphew, Ontario Hockey Federation Referee-in-Chief,
    -  Dr. Laura Purcell, Chair Paediatric Sport and Exercise Medicine,
       Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
    -  Scott Russell, Sportswriter, broadcaster CBC,
    -  Dave Simpson, Former captain of the London Knights; New York Islanders
       draft pick 1980,
    -  Kevin Wamsley, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Health
       Sciences UWO; Former Director of the International Centre for Olympic

    Symposium registration forms will be available at arenas, libraries and
community centres across the Middlesex-London region. Those from outside
Middlesex-London who would like to attend, can download a registration form
from the Middlesex-London Health Unit website at Cost to
attend is $25.00 and the symposium is open to the public.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Dan Flaherty, Communications
Manager, Middlesex-London Health Unit, (519) 663-5317 ext. 2469 or (519)
617-0570 (cell); Spokesperson: Dr. Graham Pollett, Medical Officer of Health,
Middlesex-London Health Unit

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