Head Games: Time for the NHLPA To Take a Stand Against Headshots

March 9th, 2010 by Jonathon Austin Leave a reply »

With the second annual meeting of NHL GM’s set to convene this week, “hits to the head” are likely to feature prominently in the agenda.

Matt Cooke and Mike Richards have made recent headlines with suspect hits that have outraged fans and prompted critical response from the media.

I understand fully that NHL general managers have a responsibility to direct policy and rule changes. They have an obligation to advocate on behalf of their players.

But at some point, one has to wonder when the NHLPA will take a stand of its own. On the ice, most players seem willing and able to fight their own battles. Off the ice, they remain wholly disengaged from management of their own affairs.

In postgame press interviews, players all too often provide deflective and vague responses when fielding questions concerning “hits to the head”.

They describe the incident as “unfortunate” or worse yet the offer up the same old tired excuse we have all heard time and again: “It& ...

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