Love them or hate them hockey fights have been part of the game for a very long time. Sadly the same can be said about head injuries. In an effort to protect players the NHL has changed yet another rule.
The NHL’s general managers agreed to, and the Board of Governors approved, a new rule that levies a two-minute minor penalty on any player that removes his helmet before a fight. That’s seven minutes in the box, barring any additional penalties: two for unsportsmanlike conduct and five for fighting. sports.yahoo.com
I am very much in favor of a safer game, but what’s next? At some point don’t the players need to have a say on how their game is played? NO, it’s a simple answer. The players work for the teams, and the teams are part of a league. Here’s a thought get rid of helmets. It’s not as radical as it sounds. If the NHL is so concerned with safety than why not remove protection? Players may be less likely to take a cheap shot, they may not hit as hard. Isn’t that what the league wants?
I understand it’s not a big change, and I understand that all games change. I just don’t like so many changed in one year. New icing rule, the nets have changed, goaltenders have new pads restrictions, and now this. It’s just too much for one year.
Let us know what you think about the rule changes.