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NHL Realignment: League Approves Radical Changes

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs hits Michael Sauer #38 of the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden on December 5, 2011 in New York City. The Leafs defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) | Getty

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there is not enough data yet to draw conclusions about the link between concussions and a degenerative brain ailment that has been found in four dead hockey players.

Player safety was a major topic Tuesday as the league wrapped up its two-day Board of Governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif.

It came a day after The New York Times reported that former New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an ailment related to Alzheimer's disease.

The 28-year-old Boogaard died in May of an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone.

Former players Bob Probert, Reggie Fleming and Rick Martin previously were found to have CTE.

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