NHL's Board of Governors Unanimously Approves Hit to the Head Rule!
The NHL has been being attacked lately for being light on blind side hit's to the head suspensions. Latest case being an 8 game suspension James Wisniewski received for a blind side crushing hit to the head he landed on Chicago Black Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.
Seabrook with out the puck and not looking up received a hit from Wisniewski skating full speed then jumped with his elbows up landed the blow on Seabrook. Seabrook's body and facial expression were frozen as he went straight down to the ice.
It's get's better as Wisniewski and Seabrook were teammates for two season in Chicago. Wisniewski said he sent him a text the next day apologizing for the hit and didn't get a reply.
Chicago's head coach Joel Quenneville was furious over the attack and said you can kill a guy when you hit him without the puck, it's the most dangerous hit in the NHL. Also stating that was intent and he wanted to hurt him.
This is not the first time Wisniewski has been charged with this type of hit. A repeat offender and the NHL comes up with an eight game suspension. The Ducks are not going to make the playoffs this season they could of made a better statement with these types of hits by sitting Wisniewski for the rest of the season.
Well it took the NHL a week after the dangerous hit to the head to make up a new rule.
The Board or Governor's unanimously approved a rule prohibiting "a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact." Timing and details of implementation are being worked on by the NHL's Hockey Operations Department in conjunction with representatives of the National Hockey League Players' Association. Source of this info is from nhl.com.
See the hit to the head Wisiewski delivered on Seabrook here: http://www.puckvideo.com/james-wisniewski-suspended-8-games-head-hit.htm