Many of the cards are decked out with fake blood spatter and bandages, while others include blood-stained pieces of fabric from game-worn jerseys. (itgtradingcards.com)
The bereaved mother of a deceased NHL enforcer said she is disgusted by a new series of blood-splattered cards meant to honour hockey's tough guys.
But the company behind the cards said the series, which is due for release in January, is intended to pay homage to the game's enforcers -- the so-called "goons" of the hockey rink who routinely give and take hits for the team.
The cards are due for release just months after the high-profile deaths of three former enforcers.
Wade Belak was found dead in August after years of depression.
In addition to Belak, former players Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien were found dead in their homes in May and August, respectively.
The deaths prompted discussion of the addictions and depression many enforcers suffer, which may be linked to brain trauma.
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