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Dreger: NHL to implemen hit to the head rule this season

Darren Dreger
3/24/2010 8:38:00 PM
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The National Hockey League wants to work with the NHLPA but make no mistake, the league intends on implementing supplemental discipline for a blind-side hit to the head this season.

This could happen in time for Thursday's games.

Armed with the board of governors vote of approval, the NHL planned on introducing this deterrent immediately, however, the Players' Association requested more time to allow the unions competition committee members the opportunity to speak to its executive board.

The players received a video from the league on Friday outlining the NHL's recommendations, however based on time restraints and playing commitments, the appointed players weren't able to deal with this matter as quickly as the NHL would have liked.

When the two sides came together via a conference call, the players questioned the NHL about the possibility of adding both a two minute minor penalty and five minute major for a blind-side hit, however the NHL believes more discussion on the specifics of these penalties is required, plus on-ice officials will also have to be educated on how the penalties will be called.

A process the league intends to sort out this summer.

The Players' Association also has some concerns over applying supplemental discipline without a specific penalty in existence.

The NHLPA says its board will vote on the committees' decision to endorse the league's proposal and will respond with the executive boards' decision before the end of the week.

Darren Dreger

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