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Remove The Opponent’s Helmet? Get Two Minutes For Unsportsmanlike Conduct

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

The ever-evolving helmet and visor rule enforcement was in the spotlight Monday night in Boston as players, coaches and management all attempt to figure out how things will be called during the regular season. The NHL now penalizes players two minutes for willingly taking their helmet off prior to a fight in an effort to lessen head injuries associated with hockey fighting.

Aaron Volpatti and Boston defenseman Kevan Miller squared off in Boston’s defensive zone in the first period after the Washington skater came in a bit high on Miller in a physical exchange in the corner. A review of the video showed that Miller unsnapped his helmet as the two were getting ready to throw punches, and then Volpatti removed Miller’s bucket while also tossing off his own at the same time.

Both combatants then tossed a series of punches at each other with Volpatti earning the decision after catching Miller directly in the nose with a heavy right handed blow. Both players were whistled for the customary five-minute major for fighting, and each skater was also whistled for a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct after taking off the other player’s helmet.

continued and you can watch the fight below...

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Its All Hockey's avatar

I love the rule (any rule to creates more safety) but its a good question you raise because in the moment application of the rule will be critical.

Posted by Its All Hockey on 09/24/13 at 11:42 AM ET

Paul's avatar

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/24/13 at 11:48 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The sane, reasonable response.

It should have been two minutes for unsportsmanlike when Barch and whoeverthatotherguyis did it the first time.

You don’t need new rules, just call them like they make sense.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/24/13 at 12:03 PM ET

awould's avatar

At least spammers pay to email their spam. Thanks for policing your site, Paul.

Posted by awould on 09/24/13 at 12:03 PM ET

awould's avatar

You don’t need new rules, just call them like they make sense.

There does seem to be a lot of “let’s make a rule to double-reinforce this other rule so we can then start enforcing it.”

Posted by awould on 09/24/13 at 12:04 PM ET

Primis's avatar

How about making removing an opponent’s helmet an automatic 1 game suspension?  The 2nd offense in say a 3 or 4 year span is 2 games, the third 4 games, etc.  Grow it exponentially.

Posted by Primis on 09/24/13 at 01:15 PM ET

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