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Does NHL need to crack down on hits to head?
Mon, March 8, 2010

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

The nauseating sight of a concussed Marc Savard being carried off the ice on a stretcher Sunday will add even more controversy to the head shot debate when NHL general managers begin their annual three-day meetings in Florida on Monday.

With head shots already at the top of the GMs’ agenda, incidents involving the Boston Bruins’ Savard and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ John Mitchell this past weekend certainly pours fuel on this heated issue.

Does the NHL need to crack down on hits to the head? Should there be changes in player equipment, removing plastic from shoulder and elbow pads? Have your say in our forum.

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I'd like to comment on the suspension of Alex Ovechkin, Not nearly enough. Maxim Lapierre got 4 games for a hit where he didn't even get a penalty. The hit wasn't nearly as bad as Ovechkin's. And Ovi only gets 2 games? Come on here. Just because he's a superstar, doesn't mean he should get any special treatment. Campbell may be out for the season because of the hit. Shame on the NHL for such a poor decision. Hockey belongs to the goons these days...........
Dan Cousineau, 2010-03-15 22:51:57

The NHL is trying to save face by 'fast tracking ' their new rule before the end of the season.

If they actually enforced the old rule and were serious about removing headshots or checking from behind - then these incidents could have been prevented long ago.

Cooke get Zip, Ovie gets 2 and both are repeat offenders. If they want to clean it up - then their suspensions are a joke.

What will they do with the new rule? If they apply and enforce it like the old rule

- It would mean much or change much.


Andy V., 2010-03-15 18:03:54

Everybody likes to slam the NHL. It seems to be the media's favourite pastime. It incites fans to react. The issue is very simple. Either you like NHL hockey and watch it either live, on tv, or at the arena, or, you do not like it, and do not go to games or switch the dial on the tv set. It's up to the millionnaire players and the NHL establishment to deal with it. After all, it's their money that they are risking!
Vince in Ottawa, 2010-03-13 03:17:45

I just don't understand why the GM's had to have a "new" rule. There was a perfectly good rule already in place, but the NHL and its referees were too afraid to use it. Ever hear of "Deliberate Attempt to Injure"?
Voice of Reason, 2010-03-12 12:10:35

Simmons & company what a bunch of jokers , everybody glorified Scott Stevens for exactly the same type of hit with the same type of injuries. I always said Stevens was a dirty playerfor those hits but was chastised for saying it . Because it is a marginal player (Matt Cooke) we need to ban him for life while Scott Stevens goes to the hall of fame . As I said what a bunchy of jokers . The problem is the equipment people and until that is recognized injuries will still happen. Let the character assasination begin.

Bob L.
Bob L., 2010-03-11 20:24:38

Matt Cooke should be suspended for the rest of the season for the cheap shot on Marc Savard. Shame on you Colin Campbell.
Len Dunsford, 2010-03-11 15:00:08

The NHL is not taking the matter seriouly, the security of the player is second, The WWE is a lot safer than our sport witch became under control of americans entrepreneur for their pleasure. Canadian government should step in to save the situation.
Maurice Trepanier, 2010-03-11 12:27:50

They need to bring back the Hip-Check. Before they started saying to low is against the rules you never heard about headshots. Its all new, only the last couple of years and everyones been crying. Really i'm sorry to say but its a contact sport, so people are going to get injured. The players no that more then anyone. Really, the world is just getting less and less tough. Its pretty sad
Luke, 2010-03-11 12:21:35

Always said, NHL is nothing but WWE on skates. I don't even really think kids should watch it because the term 'professional' imho should not be applied to the NHL. What are kids supposed to think when they see players do like Cooke does? Cooke should be fined and suspended to let him off the hook sets a wrong precedent to viewers and kids. It was a vicious hit with the plainly obvious intention to injure. To lie afterwards and tell the media he was just finishing a check shows his class as a hockey player. The other day, I watched in horror as a defenceman crosschecked a Montreal player in the head, bouncing his face off the goal post. Had he not had a visor on he probably would have lost his teeth. Ref was not even 5 feet away and did not call a penalty on the play. NHL needs to be more strict on the conduct of their players and they need to get that former goon Campbell out of the decision box.
Tom, 2010-03-11 12:01:58

Point taken. doesn't take much to become a paraplegic due to a head injury. I dont mind the roughing but when guy just gets ploughed from behind and his career is over because he wasn't concience enough to keep his head from smacking the ice...why should he suffer? Why should the fans who paid TONS of money for a game be denied watching their favourite players in future games?
gerry, 2010-03-11 10:35:42

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