5 Ways to Make Hockey Safer Without Removing Physical Play

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5 Ways to Make Hockey Safer Without Removing Physical Play
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Marc Savard's career was ruined by a head shot.

The game of hockey is always going to be tough and physical.

But there have been too many head injuries and concussions in recent years for the NHL to go on in a business-as-usual manner.

The NHL seems to realize that, and the league has held many discussions at its general managers meetings on ways to make the game safer.

Hockey fans know that the careers of Marc Savard (source: sportsnet.ca) and Chris Pronger are likely over as a result of head shots and subsequent concussion-related issues, and superstar Sidney Crosby missed big chunks of two seasons after he was damaged by concussive hits separated in consecutive games in 2011.

Critics argue that any rule change to make the game safer will hurt the game because it will take the manliness out of the sport.

That type of neanderthal thinking has no business in the sport. The NHL must take more steps to protect its players.

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