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Mizzou Weekly Features Prof. Abrams For Receiving USA Hockey’s Excellence in Safety Award

September 20th, 2013

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In June, Prof. Doug Abrams received the 2013 Excellence in Safety Award presented by USA Hockey, the sport’s national governing body. He is the first lawyer to receive the award, which usually recognizes a nationally known physician or medical researcher for “outstanding contributions through many years of service to make hockey a safer game for all participants.”

In a front-page article, the Mizzou Weekly quotes Prof. Abrams’ acceptance speech when he received the award at USA Hockey’s Annual Congress. At the awards dinner, he told the 300 attendees that safety in youth sports means not only “physical safety,” but also the “emotional safety” that comes from full and fair opportunity to play, without being cut from the team or being forced to sit on the sidelines. “The players did not join to warm the bench for a 30-something or 40-something coach who thinks that playing half the team might help win a game whose score everyone will likely forget two weeks later anyway.”

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