Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rules on head hits, boarding changed

NEW YORK — The league rule on hits to the head has been broadened in an effort to reduce the number of concussions and other serious injuries.

The Board of Governors voted Tuesday to change a rule that had made only "lateral" and "blindside" head hits illegal and worth a five-minute major penalty. Now a hit made anywhere on the ice in which the head is targeted and is the principal point of contact gets the offending player a two-minute minor. The terms "lateral" and "blindside" have been deleted.

A penalized player also will be subject to league discipline.

The new rule is effective immediately.

"Now the confusion some of the players have expressed in the past as to what direction they're approaching a player, what direction a player is facing, east, west, north, south, that has all been taken out," Brendan Shanahan, the former player who is the league's new discipline czar, told NHL.com.

The rewritten rule is a byproduct of work done by a committee of Shana- han, league hockey operations manager Rob Blake, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman and Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk — all former players — that commissioner Gary Bettman put together in March to examine ways to make the game safer.

The Board of Governors also approved changes to the boarding rule. A penalty will now be given to a player who hits a defenseless player and causes him to hit the boards violently or dangerously. The penalty assessed is at the discretion of the referee, to be based on the impact with the boards.

But the rule also gives the referee discretion to determine whether the player who is hit placed himself in a vulnerable position and whether the check was unavoidable.

Winnipeg move approved: The Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale and relocation of the Thrashers to Winnipeg, clearing the final big hurdle in the process.

Jagr watch: The agent for former scoring champion and league MVP Jaromir Jagr said he is talking with the Red Wings, Penguins and a team he wouldn't identify about Jagr returning to the NHL. Petr Svoboda said Jagr wants a one-year deal and something should be set in the next week or so. The Wings have said they are interested. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said the team hadn't talk to Svoboda but he was intrigued by the possibility of adding Jagr, 39, who hasn't played in the NHL since 2008 with the Rangers. Jagr has played in Russia's KHL since. He won Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 1991 and '92 and also played for the Capitals.

Rules on head hits, boarding changed 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. LSU advances to College World Series finals, awaits Florida or TCU

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — Caleb Gilbert held No. 1 national seed Oregon State to two hits in 71/3 innings, Michael Papierski homered from both sides of the plate and LSU beat the Beavers 6-1 on Saturday to reach the College World Series finals.

    Beau Jordan celebrates after hitting a home run during a victory over Oregon State, LSU’s second straight win over the No. 1 national seed.
  2. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  3. Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith.

    Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Orioles score four during the seventh inning to give them a 7-3 lead. Diaz was one strike away from working out of the jam before he allowed a two-run double and a two-run homer on back-to-back pitches.
  4. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It was refreshing to see RHP Jacob Faria take the blame after the loss even though he gave the Rays a chance to win. Too often young pitchers are encouraged by what they did and not necessarily the outcome, but Faria, making just his fourth big-league start, came to the Trop to win, didn't, and pointed the finger …