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Head Shot Rule In Effect Tonight


The NHL waited for the NHLPA (National Hockey League Players Association) to give its official blessing before launching into the next era of what professional hockey will look like from now on. You might notice that around here, we’re pretty pro-enforcing head-shots. It seems that almost every player and member of the NHL are in agreement. From now on, headshots are no longer legal in the NHL.

The new ruling provided by the NHL states that “a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact” will no longer be tolerated. In addition, the NHL Hockey Operations Department is also reserving the right to review plays and provide supplemental disciplinary action to any hit deemed dangerous. What does this mean? Well, that shots like Richards on Booth or Cooke on Savard will no longer be legal, meaning there will be consequences for these guys. It’s important because each team has fewer than a dozen games left to play which means dirty play needs to be excluded. 

This will be in effect tonight, which means the 11 games being played tonight will be affected. The new rule received unanimous approval from the Board of Governors. It also received an endorsement of NHLPA Executive Board and the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee.

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