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NHL concussion spotters will be able to remove players from game

The NHL is revamping its concussion monitoring system for the upcoming season.

League increases number of people monitoring head injuries

Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars suffered a concussion in this game in 2014. (Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

The NHL is revamping its concussion monitoring system for the upcoming season.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the league will have four concussion spotters watching all games from a centralized location in New York, as well as spotters at each game to check for visible symptoms. Those spotters will have the authority to have players removed from games.

Previously, there had been team-affiliated concussion spotters in each arena and they could recommend but not require players be removed from a game.

Daly says the new concussion policy goes into effect for the eight-team World Cup of Hockey, which begins Saturday in Toronto, and that the NHL will release more details closer to the start of the regular season.

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