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Are head injuries a big concern for the NHL?
Tue, November 18, 2008

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

Calgary Flames defenceman Cory Sarich appreciates the heads-up from the league but would like a little clarification.

Head shots are a hot-button topic around the NHL these days, and the league's senior vice-president and director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, fired off a memo to all teams saying enough is enough.

"We cannot and will not tolerate blows to the head that are deliberate, avoidable and illegal" is a key line to the letter for all the league's players.

Sarich, who has thrown his share of hard checks over his career, understands what the league means by deliberate and illegal.

As for what's avoidable, that's a pretty big grey area.

Are head injuries a big concern for the NHL? Have your say in our forum.

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Many of the so called great hits could easily be called "charging" by the officials. It seems like this rule has been forgotten. Players skate rapidly at the opponent from 30 to 50 feet out and slam into them with a spectacular hit but also take themselves out of the play. Great hit for the sake of hitting or changing the momentum but not intelligent hockey.
Mark, 2009-01-27 09:22:17

It's not that the players are bigger or the rink size is still the same.

Players are constantly hitting hard at every possible chance.

This didn't happen back in the Seventies or Eighties.

I remember watching some highlights of games in the Seventies and they didn't crush the opponent into the boards at ever chance - far from it.

Needs to be more skill and less of these monster hits.
gordholio, 2008-12-22 06:20:12

Nah! If they were, the NHL would have taken steps to eliminate trhem by now.

They make great highlight reels material on the TV Sportscasts.

It's great exposure for the boring NHL regular product.

4 on 4 hockey is the answer!!!!
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-12-12 02:30:25

Head injuries have been increasing almost every year for the last 10 years or so.The players are bigger and faster than ever but the rink is still the same size.It's interesting how head injuries are much fewer in Europe,but I think the larger ice surface is the difference.If the NHL made a bigger surface for the bigger and faster modern game head injuries would go down.It's like trying to squish bigger potato chips into the same size bag,the chips will be alot more broken.But the NHL will never go to the bigger ice surface because the owners won't give up the extra seating and revenue.Maybe they will have to go to football style helmets.Not!I like the idea of the offending team loosing a player from their roster for as long as the team player they caused the head injury to.In the old original 6 days when they had no helmets there was a lot more respect for the head.The players were also smaller and slower.
Johnny, 2008-11-20 08:38:49

"Life sucks, get a helmet" Dennis Leary used to say. But yeah, Pronger is someone who needs to be made an example of. If you can't charge him, then have him hit him where it hurts...the pocketbook or kick him out of the NHL.
gerry, 2008-11-19 10:56:19

Head injuries are a main consern of any sport that involves contact. Dosen't matter how it is.

However in hockey ubless your fighting said player in a fist fight on the ice then there should be no excuse for "Head Hunting" what so ever.

However The NHL does not know how to enforce the rules what so ever now.
A Hockey Fan, 2008-11-19 10:10:20

Chris Pronger has been a head shot man for years and has received nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

Put up or shut up Mr.Campbell.
Probert, 2008-11-19 07:56:26

From someone who has played and watched hockey.

Scott Stevens was a headhunter, till the day karma caught up to him, and he got hit in the head himself, ending his career.
someone, 2008-11-19 02:46:39

Deliberate Hits to the head are an intention to injure and take a player out of the game, period. Presently, some of these plays resemble the disgusting UFC type of sport. Elimination of the instigator rule immediately and the gutless head shots will magically disappear. A head shot is not a body check. Both the NFL and CFL Football outlawed head shots to the receivers and the quarterbacks. It works. Hockey does not know how to apply the rules.
Vince in Ottaw, 2008-11-18 20:41:55

ask eric lindros if head injuries are a big concern. the guy went from being the future of the game to not being able to find his own house.

the biggest problem is the equipment the guys wear. ban the titanium pads these guys wear and you wont see the concussions nearly as much.
dave, 2008-11-18 17:22:14

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