The onus is on the hitter.
The NHL has made it clear over the past few seasons that it wants to do away with head shots, as star players like Marc Savard and Chris Pronger have lost their careers as a result of suffering brutal concussions.
Many other players have lost significant playing time at various points in their careers. The NHL and its fans enjoy big hits, but only when they are clean and don't involve the cranium.
One of the most notable aspects from the first month of the NHL season has been player suspensions for illegal hits.
Lets take a look at some of the big hits that have resulted in several suspensions, along with one hit that may have escaped league discipline.