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    Boston Bruins' Marc Savard lies on the ice after being hit in the head by Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke on March 7.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Blindside hits to the head are a thing of the past in the NHL.
    The executive board of the players' union voted Thursday to accept a new temporary rule that will ban hits to the head against unsuspecting players. The decision takes effect immediately, starting with the league's 11 games Thursday night.

    "We believe this is the right thing to do for the game and for the safety of our players," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "The elimination of these types of hits should significantly reduce the number of injuries, including concussions, without adversely affecting the level of physicality in the game."

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    The rule prohibits "lateral, back-pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact." The league will have the power to review such hits and apply further discipline.

    The union's representatives on the competition committee signed off on the ban Wednesday. It was then left to the union's board to accept or reject the recommendation.

    The rule is in effect through this year's playoffs. The competition committee is expected to meet during the summer to create a permanent rule that will also include an on-ice penalty instead of solely punishment after the fact.

    "We are encouraged by the league's recent willingness to explore on-ice rule changes as a means of reducing player injuries and have no doubt that by working together, a safer working environment can be established for all NHLPA members," the union said in a statement.

    After Wednesday's recommendation by the players' association members on the competition committee to accept the ban, the union said its executive board would vote within two days. It acted swiftly Thursday to agree to the new rule.

    The NHL board of governors unanimously approved the proposed penalty Tuesday. The league's general managers first proposed it this month.

    Florida forward David Booth (FSY) missed 45 games this season after getting hit by Philadelphia captain Mike Richards (FSY)— a play that was legal at the time, but will no longer be tolerated under the new system.

    An unpunished blindside hit by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke (FSY) against Boston's Marc Savard (FSY) on March 7 also increased pressure to enact a new rule. Savard sustained a concussion that will likely sideline him for at least the rest of the regular season.

    The GM meetings began the day after Savard was hit.

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    Honestly, how were blindside hits to the head legal for this long?

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    Honestly, how were blindside hits to the head legal for this long?

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    Honestly, how were blindside hits to the head legal for this long?
    I don't get it, the Union approves blind side head-shots? I thought it was illegal to hit someone in the head, period?

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    Actually, I'd bring up the equipment issue which I've never seen mentioned. First of all I'm all for any measures that help protect the players. That said, I think a lot of the issues began when helmuts and then facemasks were introduced. I have to believe that the players had more respect for the game and were concious of not having sticks up, contact with the head etc.

    Those days are long gone. Nevertheless, I question whether hockey helmuts really provide that much protection or should be seriously looked at to provide BETTER protection. The NFL has done that and to some extent so has the MBL.
    Golies now have pads that would protect you in an airplane crash. Why can't the players helmuts be improved to better protect a player's head?

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    Actually, I'd bring up the equipment issue which I've never seen mentioned. First of all I'm all for any measures that help protect the players. That said, I think a lot of the issues began when helmuts and then facemasks were introduced. I have to believe that the players had more respect for the game and were concious of not having sticks up, contact with the head etc.

    Those days are long gone. Nevertheless, I question whether hockey helmuts really provide that much protection or should be seriously looked at to provide BETTER protection. The NFL has done that and to some extent so has the MBL.
    Golies now have pads that would protect you in an airplane crash. Why can't the players helmuts be improved to better protect a player's head?
    Yeah I agree that the introduction of the helmets most likely contributed to a lax on keeping the sticks down, contact to the head, etc. What I like about the helmets is that it protects the players from damage from pucks to the face , etc. so I both like the helmets but I love the days of the helmet-less players.

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    Actually helmets have been improved remember these...







    ... a plastic basket for your head!!!

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    BnG, that is just ridiculously funny. I barely remember how pathetic the helmets were back in the 90's. lol Thanks for the pics!
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    I almost forgot.... the best helmet of all was the Islanders Butch Goring! Come on man, WTF is that on your head?

    ....Butch are you going skateboarding or sky-diving? ..... That helmet needs some "Rock Star Energy Drink" and "Red Bull" stickers!




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