Thursday, March 24, 2011

NHL Governors Approve New Banning Head Shots Rule

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From Fox Sports by Boca Raton

NHL general managers have decided against recommending a ban on head shots to curb concussions. Instead, they will propose tighter enforcement of rules on charging and boarding.

The general managers also will propose longer suspensions for illegal head hits and repeat offenders.

Following a second day of meetings Tuesday to discuss concussions, general managers decided against rule revisions that would slow the game.

A rise in head injuries this season, including high-profile cases such as the Penguins' Sidney Crosby and the Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, put the issue at the top of the GMs' agenda. But Commissioner Gary Bettman said there wasn't widespread support for a ban on all head shots.

Blindside hits to the head were banned last year.

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