The NHL competition committee approved a rule change Thursday that will impose a five minute and game misconduct penalty for hits to the head, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.
The rule was expected to be passed and Bettman confirmed it when he emerged from the league’s Board of Governor’s meeting at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.
Hits to the head have become a major issue after several recent violent incidents, notably Mike Richards of Philadelphia on Florida’s David Booth and Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke on Boston’s Marc Savard this past seasons.
In addition to the penalty, supplemental discipline in the form of suspension or fine is possible.
“I wished we changed this rule a year ago,” Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and former Ducks GM Brian Burke said.
“But I think it’s a positive change going forward.”
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