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The Lateral, Back Pressure Or Blindside Hit

from TSN,

After three days of meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the National Hockey League’s general managers have put forward a recommendation for a rule change to address hits to the head in league games.

The following language was agreed to unanimously by the group:

“A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is not permitted.

A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.”

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Looking For Hockey On The Web?

from Mike Halford of KurtenBlog at the Vancouver Province,

As you’ve probably gathered from our two-plus years of blogging and pasty complexions, we spend a lot of time on the internet. Over that time, we’ve seen a lot. Read a lot. Wrote a lot. Watched a lot of YouTube videos. For the lack of a better term, we’ll call that research. And most of that “research” focused on a singular theme: hockey.

The interweb has no shortage of hockey insight, analysis and opinion available for general consumption. Some of it is good. Some of it is not. The object of this post, however, isn’t to separate the cream from the crap, but rather to share with our readers some “required reading”—the writers/websites/blogs/snuff films that help shape the KB….

Blogs

Globe on Hockey—James Mirtle took everything that made From The Rink a success and applied it here. Definitely worth checking out if you like numbers, charts, statistical analysis and David Shoalt’s headshot.

Kukla’s Korner—No evidence of this, but we believe Paul Kukla was blogging about hockey before the internet was invented. As such, he’s had lots of time to build his massive stable of writers, a big reason why why the site is updated every 37 seconds.

Puck Daddy—Wyshynski’s written-words-per-day count is somewhere around 11,392. He’s also the 99th most powerful man in hockey, so we have to include him on this list for fear of retribution.

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GMs Discuss Numerous Topics

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

And while the group of eight GMs tasked with tackling the head-hits issue took center stage again Tuesday, the other breakout groups were discussing other proposals that could improve the game.

“Everybody is trying to accomplish the same things—try to make the game better, make the players safer and make the game more entertaining for the fans,” Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero told NHL.com.

Shero was part of “Breakout Group D,” which was charged with examining ways to improve ice conditions and looking at revising the definition of charging currently in the NHL rulebook.

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Blindside Hits Will Be Banned If Approved

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers will recommend the adoption of a new rule to ban blindside hits to the head by a player’s shoulder.

The new rule will also subject repeat offenders to supplementary discipline like lengthy suspensions. But the details have yet to be worked out.

The proposal was the result of a morning meeting on Tuesday by an eight-man committee of GMs. In the afternoon, the recommendation will be presented to the full group of 30 GMs. It is expected there will be further refinements to the rule change, so GMs were reluctant to discuss the matter in detail when they broke for lunch.

The recommendation, if it is approved by the NHL’s competition committee and the governors, will probably take effect next season.

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All Those Emails

As KK continues to grow, the emails I receive on a weekly basis also grows.

I answer a few of them today at NHL.com.

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Why The Delay?

from Jack Edwards of NESN,

Any resemblance to events, people or places in the following work of fiction is purely coincidental.

Slidsy Cornsbie of the Porkburgh Pinkins lies on the ice, his eyes barely open and already glazed over. His right arm twitches slightly. His legs don’t move.

The brilliant center, a national icon in Canada at age 22 and the most complete champion in hockey, never saw the hit coming. Backing into the high slot to improve his shooting angle, an opponent attacked from the blind side. The blow coldcocked Cornsbie….

Porkburgh tried to take the high road for two years, but saw the league do little or nothing to defend its players. It saw one player nearly killed on the ice, another one having his face driven into the glass with five seconds left in a two-goal game, another cross-checked across the face in the closing minute of a playoff series—only to have the senior league official take little or no action. And now this.

Justice delayed was so disrespectful as to be justice denied.

It was arrogance they would never forget.

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Culture Change Needed When It Comes To Head Shots

Mark Spector of Sportsnet on the head hits topic.

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The NHL Needs A Forward Thinking Leader

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

What a thing it would be for hockey to have someone at the helm who could ride the momentum from the Olympics, who could grab the owners by their lapels and say forget your dead-end ideas, now is the time to take a leap, to think internationally and reap big rewards down the road. Someone who could forge a relationship with the players based on real mutual interests rather than threats.

Why leave Europe to the KHL, close the doors opened by the Olympic experience, when the alternative is the same-old, same-old game of diminishing returns?

Barring a remarkable transformation, Bettman just isn’t that guy. And for hockey and those who love it, that’s too bad.

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Talking Hits To The Head

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL’s 30 GMs meet Monday through Wednesday in sunny Boca Raton, Fla., where the issue of hits to the head will be, as long ago advertised, the headliner.

“It’s like football: We have an issue with concussions, and the majority of concussions come from normal playing rules,” Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president and director of hockey operations, told ESPN.com over the weekend. “The game has changed, the game is faster, the players are bigger and faster. Our game is pretty clean, it’s cleaned up a lot over the decades, but the trouble is shoulders are now hitting heads with legal hits and causing concussions. So we have to look at that. We are going to examine all types of hits in detail. We have a wealth of hockey intelligence with our cross section of GMs, and our challenge is to take a hard look at this and see if it can be solved.”

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Covering The NHL

In a letter to the Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA.) a hockey fan wants more NHL coverage.  Their response-

...we understand the Kings are one of the top teams in the NHL and are closing in on their first playoff berth since 2001.

One of our most difficult challenges in the sports department on a daily basis is to balance the various interests of our readers.

From an in-depth high school and local sports report to college sports, the various pro leagues, auto racing, golf, tennis, soccer and horse racing, readers turn to us for the daily news that interests them.

In our diverse market, satisfying everyone is a challenging task as we try to slice up the sports section and please every reader.

Hockey still faces its own challenges as it tries to attract a fan base.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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