During their second day of meetings, NHL General Managers have decided not to pursue a ban on headshots. This, despite the attention head/brain injuries are being paid once again, as hockey fans count the number of games concussion-addled superstar Sidney Crosby sits out (29 so far), and try to erase the image of Habs player Max Pacioretty buckling after being slammed into the glass by Zdeno Chara.
Speaking on behalf of the group, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said a total headshot ban would be too radical a response. Blindside shots to the head have already been banned.
Here's a quote: "By the time the season is over there will be 55,000 hits, and a small percentage are resulting in concussions. We want to eliminate concussions, but the view is if we can define a rule that makes sense and doesn't cause other problems in the game, we're going to try and do that."
Meanwhile, a protest is being planned for tonight at the Bell Centre where the Montreal Canadiens play, in response to the violent hit Max Pacioretty sustained on March 8. According to organizers, citizens in Montreal decided to act after seeing too many injuries resulting from blows to the head.
At the GM meetings on Monday, a five-point plan was devised to help curb head injuries. They include:
So what do you think? Is it enough? Too much? Share your thoughts and comments below.