Wilson endorses ban on head shots

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Ron Wilson feels head shots should be banned, even if contact is made with the shoulder.

And that goes for the hit delivered by Andrew Ladd of the Chicago Blackhawks, who flattened an unaware Matt D'Agostini of the Montreal Canadiens during the Hawks' 3-2 victory Friday.

"(Ladd) was trying to rip his head off," Wilson, the Maple Leafs coach, said yesterday.

"You should not be allowed to target the head. That's not a clean hit."

Wilson said such hits, by definition of NHL rules, likely are legal. But that does not make them okay.

"(League disciplinarian Colin Campbell) is just following the letter of the law," said Wilson, reacting to Campbell's decision not to suspend Philadelphia's Mike Richards for his recent hit on Florida's David Booth.

"We have to fix (the definition)."


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