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Regulating Hitting Doesn’t Take Hitting Out of the Game

From John Vogl at the Buffalo News:

Regulating hitting—and hits to the head, in particular—is among the foremost topics on Regier’s mind. He called upon his fellow GMs to ban all head shots during their March meetings. He says eliminating a small number of injury-causing hits won’t fundamentally change the sport.

“We have a tremendous amount of hitting in the game,” Regier said last week. “By the league’s own totals, there are 55,000 hits in the NHL. We’re going to end up with 110, probably, concussions in the league, plus or minus.

“To the extent you can go in and identify those hits ... ideally you’d like to remove 110 hits, but if you remove a couple of hundred or even a couple of thousand you’re still left with over 50,000 hits. So for the people that claim that you’re taking hitting out of the game, I think that’s on the ludicrous side.

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*hat-tip to Sportsnet.ca’s Hockey Hearsay for the pointer.

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