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NHL Union Brethren May Cross Line

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Throughout the N.H.L. lockout, Kevin Westgarth and George Parros attended virtually all the negotiating sessions on behalf of their fellow players, bargaining with the league to help win better pensions and other rights for the union membership.

Now, some of those players will drop their gloves to fight Westgarth and Parros.

Carolina’s Westgarth and Florida’s Parros are towering enforcers, with a combined 57 fights over the past two seasons. It is the nature of their jobs to fight other enforcers, as Westgarth said, “to protect your teammates and give your team momentum and energy.”

So despite all they did for other players, and despite the Princeton degrees they possess, they will probably be trading punches with their union...

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