Hey NHL, is it really that hard to adopt a rule already in place in the minors? It would be great news to hear that when the season opens this weekend the NHL and Gary Bettman announce that shots to the head will not be tolerated. The rule has been described in an article from Airdrie City View;
Rule 6.5 penalizes direct and accidental contact to the head. A minor penalty will be assessed for accidental contact and a four-minute double minor penalty, a five-minute major penalty or a 10-minute game misconduct will be assessed for intentional contact.
Incidental contact includes shoulder-to-shoulder or shoulder-to-chest hits where the follow-through makes contact with a player’s head.
There will be descent from players and coaches but making tough decisions is part of the job Mr. Bettman.