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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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The NHL will not adequately penalize head shots because it's part of the market draw. They've done nothing for years. And for the owners, it's all about the money. The best hockey in the world is based on international rules where the most skilled players can show their stuff. Head shots gain a suspension. And the game is still rough.
Bob, 2010-03-09 07:26:25

It's time the old boys running the NHL woke up and started being a responsible leader. The NHL is the only professional sport still besides outright boxing that allows fighting. Olympic hockey was watched by more fans than the Stanley Cup because it was all about skill and pride. Time to be a responsible role model to the thousands of kids who play hockey and stop this nonsense. I'm a hockey coach, parent and it scares me to see what the NHL will teach him about the sport. Time to focus on skills and let the smaller, faster, more skilled players dominate the game instead of hiring goons. Olympic hockey was so much better to watch I turned the last Leaf game off. So much for your ratings........
Rick, 2010-03-08 20:27:47

Of all the major pro sports league, the NHL is the biggest joke. It boasts convicted felons as owners, relentlessly promotes money losing franchises that have no hope, and refuses to take the safety of its players seriously.

Hockey fans deserve better. That's why I prefer junior hockey.
Bob, 2010-03-08 18:17:24

Of course they have to do something about shoulder hits to the head...look at what the players are wearing for shoulder pads these days. Not the same as 20 year ago. A skater coming at you can probably be moving at a speed in excess of 25km an hour and hitting you with their shoulder...well, think about it. Sad to say, some players, when they see another player with their head down, think it is open season. They are not trying to get the puck, they are just trying to punish and hit that player as hard as they can. Sure am glad I do not play professional anymore...
JK, 2010-03-08 17:38:35

Yes they are. Certainly the events keep happening. A lot of teams like Boston with Chara, lots of his hits are to the head. I think the NHL should strike down hard, like that hit on Bergeron. That guy should be gone for rest of year. That was clearly intentional.
Tom, 2010-03-08 17:14:57

Sure they are. The play in question was not even close to being a hockey play. This was a deliberate attempt to injure. Something Matt Cooke and a few others are prone to do. Really? - 2 games for that doesn't seem to fit the crime. Start chucking these guys out for the season. When it hits the wallet a bit more it may straighten out. You would think the owners would have a vested interest in looking after their assets. If players are continually out with concusions they and the fans get ripped off. Whats it going to take; a player to be severely injured or something worse.
DWT, 2010-03-08 16:09:58

No - Not generally - you can't have guys giving elbows to the head. But the shoulder checks (Chris Neil) are good hits (and I am not a Chris Neil fan at all!). The biggest problem I see are guys with their head down. As soon as you start playing body contact you are taught to keep your head up or you bell is getting rung. 2nd issue is the rock hard shoulder pads...everyone gets caught with their head down once in a while, but the injuries were never like they are now I don't think (even though no one was ever diagnosed with a concussion 20 years ago).


Nate, 2010-03-08 14:25:15

Every other sport (except boxing and MMA) already has strict rules regarding contact to the head and so does the IIHF and Hockey Canada.

It's time to rethink what is considered a "clean hit".


Rob, 2010-03-08 13:26:42

These shots are a blatant attempt to injure. No doubt about it. They need stiffer penalties and suspensions. Its taking all the fun out of watching and playing.
Dave Brooks, 2010-03-08 12:37:11

The players are too strong, big and fast for head shots to be legal. Add to the monster equipment they were, and the problem is compounded. They have to go, no question about it.
Ben, 2010-03-08 11:52:59

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