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What should the NHL do about head shots in hockey?
Thu, March 10, 2011

The NHL is on the hot seat while trying to find a solution to cut down on the number of concussions and bring more respect to the game.

The latest incident, involving Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara taking out Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into a padded arena stanchion, has players, fans and sponsors up in arms over the NHL's decision not to level a suspension and/or fine for the dangerous play.

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, the NHL's poster boy, hasn't played in more than two months after suffering a concussion in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1.

What can the NHL do about preventing concussions in hockey? Is it up to the players to show more respect in the game? Have your say in our forum.

No suspension for Chara



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It might be time to go to the European size ice rink . The players have no room to escape these hits , the players have got so big and fast
arol solberg, 2011-04-09 10:13:55

Want to stop headshots?

-the NHL decides the games suspended

- The player hurt or his team decides which games for suspension, including playoffs

- to really make it effective, the team does not have to announce the game until day of game.

- should have a lot of squirming by offender and some satisfaction by injured player/team.
1937hab, 2011-04-07 10:51:45

First, get rid of Bettman

Second, get rid of the instigator rule

Third, get rid of plastic hard equipement
Todd, 2011-04-02 15:27:10

I agree totally with John, The Hammer, and Grapes. The equipment now is armour. Reduce the size and hardness of it and get rid of the instigator rule
Bob, 2011-04-02 11:45:46

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Alidayapapeup, 2011-03-31 17:42:15

Dave "The Hammer" Schultz and Don Cherry both hit the nail on the head,no pun intended,when they identified the equipment as a major cause,as well as the instigator rule.There was never the amount of injury before the modern rock hard armor they now wear and the lack of fear some of the cheap shot artists now enjoy because of the instigator rule.Go back to the softer equipment and get rid of the instigator rule and you will see the head injuries go way down.Why is this so hard to see NHL?
john, 2011-03-28 15:22:05

The only way to get rid of headshots, cheapshots, hitting from behind etc. is to have the offending player sit out the same amount of games without pay. If a players career is gone because of such actions the offending player is no longer allowed to play EVER again. This way players might THINK before they hurt.
betty seib, 2011-03-24 23:11:57

Its time to bring back canadian old time hockey.

Were hockey players were hockey players. and bring back old rules were they did not have head hunters.and players had respect for each other.


Blaine, 2011-03-18 10:08:29

I enjoy a good hit in a game as much as the next guy but there are head hunters out there. There always has been. With the game faster and the players stronger, the hits are becoming more severe. Not to mention that there is more media coverage and far more angles than before so we see probably more hits than we saw 30 years ago. However, I believe the way to curb a "head hunter from going after the head, you impose a team fine that encompasses a salary cap hit. A $10,000 fine for a repeat offender with a minimum $2,000,000 cap hit to the team responsible. Most teams play at the cap. The player who caused the infraction may find themselves the odd man out when the team has to restructure because of the hit. It certainly would make a player think twice and a team insist against those types of hits.
tim, 2011-03-18 06:59:49

hockey is dangerous, like racecar driving, accidents happen, any malicious intentions should be dealt with already headshot or otherwise, but totally owning someone with their head down is some of the best checking available. as a youth your taught to teach players who stared at the puck.

a legal check is LEGAL weather or not someone gets hurt, as for the viewer ratings slip, it's cause toronto sux and everyone is sick of a billion dollar franchise sucking them dry .i hate you .
angelo, 2011-03-17 23:02:07

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