DEDICATED FANS OF PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY know that there has been growing concern in the past couple of years about the increasing number of illegal checks to the head. Seemingly, the league has been ignoring the outbreak and few suspensions or major penalties have been dished out for flagrant violations of the rule.
After last Spring’s Board of Governors and the General Managers’ meetings, some firm and more demanding and mandatory penalties were hashed out and prepared for this season. Now the league office is on board and the referees have been instructed to enforce the rules vigorously. During the team training camps that are currently being held prior to the season’s beginning, the NHL is circulating this video around for all the players and coaches to watch and have no doubts of what the rules do and do not allow.
Fans will also like watching the video to help you understand better what the strengthened rules allow.
(Note: If the video player fails to load, CLICK HERE to watch it. The NHL is having some difficulty with their videos this morning.)