Bringing Back the Red Line and 5 Other Safety Proposals

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Bringing Back the Red Line and 5 Other Safety Proposals
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Former Flyer Eric Lindros advocates the return of the red line to reduce the risk of head injuries.

The speed of the game is one of the most enticing and exciting aspects of hockey.

However, with that speed, players often pay a price. The faster they are skating, the harder the hit they may take when they make contact with an opposing player.

Normally, it's fine to ask an offensive player look out for his own safety when he is skating with the puck. Players are taught from the earliest days of youth hockey to skate with their heads up.

However, when a player must turn his head to accept a pass, he is in a vulnerable position.

Players are at greater risk since the league eliminated the red line when it comes to two-line passes.

Former Flyer Eric Lindros said bringing back the red line would slow the game down enough to help reduce head injuries (source:

Lindros, of course, suffered significant concussion issues throughout his career.

Here's a look at five other proposals that could make the game safer.

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