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On head shots… January 21, 2011

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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I know I’ve been terribly neglectful of this blog at times. Life just doesn’t always allow me to watch my beloved Sabres games in peace and it’s hard to develop insightful commentary on a game I only see in passing. That being said, I’d like to talk about a more universal issue than the streaky Sabres: head shots.

Off the top of my head I can name at least four or five guys who are out with concussions at the moment, most notably Sidney Crosby. I can name an additional, oh, six or more players who are one hit away from Veggieland, including Tim Connolly.

The NHL recently put a new rule in place about head shots, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. For the life of me I can’t understand why a guy would go for another guy’s head, especially because they know darn well what can happen. I also can’t believe a player would take a jolt that caused a concussion and yet keep playing.

A note to NHL players: not remembering the hit, headaches, sore jaws or necks, dizziness, vomiting – ALL ARE SIGNS OF A CONCUSSION. If you experience them, GET OFF THE ICE. SERIOUSLY.

So if the players aren’t going to take care of themselves or their fellow competitors, what can be done about the issue of head shots? Make a stronger rule and enforce it ruthlessly. And until the NHL does that, great players like Crosby will continue to get hurt and we, as fans, will continue to be robbed of the opportunity to see their exceptional talent on display.

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1. C.A.R. - January 21, 2011

Don’t forget we lost the great La Fontaine to concusion syndrome. The league has to give this more than lip service, which is all it’s given since the new rules.

2. C.A.R. - January 21, 2011

Players only start wearing their better head protection AFTER they’ve been hit and hurt. Helloooo! Use your head, guys– and put head protection on it.


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