A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.
A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.
- Proposal unanimously approved by league general managers Wednesday
In a nutshell, pending further committee approval (which will undoubtedly happen), no more "legal" shoulder-to-head hits. Next year. Probably.
It's progress, yes, but little consolation to fans of Florida's David Booth (the NHL's current poster child for high-hit reform) or Boston center Marc Savard, most recent involuntary member of the Stretcher Club with a dandy grade-two concussion.
Angelic Philadelphia prettyboy Mike Richards was not suspended on the October Booth shot, and word has come down that Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke - no stranger to on-ice nastiness - will escape the suspension guillotine as well, thanks primarily to the Richards precedent some months earlier.
What are they drinking behind Pennsylvania state lines, anyway? I jest, I jest.
Since this legislation is now "on the table" we Floridians can whine no longer over the Panthers' star winger - presumed to lead the club in goals this season - missing 45 games courtesy of the "legal" hit.
Anyway, this bill is a genuinely positive move forward. Now if they'd just eliminate the instigator rule this entire issue would vaporize...
As always, tons of reaction from around the league at SBN's Hockey Hub.