The NFL has stepped up their enforcement of blows to the head and now the NHL, which already had enforced rules on shots the head, have increased their protection of players' heads.
Rule 48 is the "Illegal Check to the Head" rule and it read: "A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted." CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports that the NHL has eliminated the word "targeted" from the rule so it now reads: "a hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head was the main point of contact and such contact to the head was avoidable."
Taking the word "targeted" out of the rule takes out a lot of the personal-discretion from such plays. It will no longer come down to the referee deciding what he thinks the hitting-player targeted. I like that the rule is not as ambiguous anymore so there will be more protection for the players moving forward.
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