NHL Concussions: 5 Ways to Make a Smarter More Physical Game

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NHL Concussions: 5 Ways to Make a Smarter More Physical Game
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Although NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan is succeeding in his new role, overall player safety is still in question.

Since Shanahan took over the role of chief disciplinarian at the beginning of last season's Stanley Cup Finals, concussions caused from head shots are on the decline.

But NHL players both noted and non-noted are still finding ways to injure one another or injure themselves.

The league still seems to be under fire for accidental contact concussions like the one on Claude Giroux or this one on that could have resulted in a concussion thrown by referee Steven Walkom on Timonen.

The game is clearly faster than it has ever been. Players are skating as fast as they can for loose pucks, sometimes forgetting to look where they are skating.

But although the game is faster, due to Shanahan's new head shot crack down, it seems as though quite a few NHL players are suddenly afraid to finish their checks or else be subject to the "Shanahammer".

Perhaps Shanahan should go around to every team stressing the importance of hitting in the game, and not taking it out completely?

Well, he likely won't go that far, but here are five realistic suggestions that would curb accidental injuries in the NHL while maintaining the physicality that all hockey fans know and love.

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