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Get Headhunting Out Of The Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In talking to (David) Booth, it becomes clear he is a reasonable voice in what is surely going to continue as a heated debate, if all the concussions in the early going this season are any indication.

The NHL has had a bizarre run of them already. Since no two concussions are alike, it’s difficult to define the cause and introduce a one-size-fits-all rule to limit them. For example, Raitis Ivanans of the Calgary Flames took a punch in the chops from Edmonton Oilers winger Steve MacIntyre. Does the league ban fighting? It wouldn’t hurt.

Cam Janssen of the St. Louis Blues was run over by his own player, Brad Winchester. Hard to throw the book at Winchester, but maybe recklessness should be punished even under those circumstances. Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec fainted and was concussed when his head hit the ice, a freakish event that probably isn’t going to happen again any time soon.

Booth, who has resumed playing this season, acknowledged the range of causes in an interview prior to the Panthers’ date Thursday with the Flames: No matter how stringently you may police the sport, some head injuries will inevitably occur. His concern is to get the headhunting out of the game, something he believes is easier said than done.

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