Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Head Shots

Well it's been a topic of discussion for those of us who invest time broadcasting the NWJHL for a while now. Between myself and Jon Zacks, Dave Dawson from Whitecourt, Damian Gnass from Peace River, and Darren Dupont from Dawson Creek. The topic is head shots and all of us want to see more done to protect the players. It's something that all teams are guilty of and in fact Coach Bob Kalb told me on the bus recently that head shots need to penalized and pointed to 3 incidents in the game we had just watched in which a head shot wasn't penalized and he went out of his way to mention a hit delivered by one of his players as well that needed to be penalized and wasn't. Even the borderline hits have to be called. You have to clamp down hard on clear head shots and penalize borderline hits as well if you want to clean the game up. There is no bigger danger in sports and especially hockey than head shots yet no one seems willing to do anything about it. I have commented on this a number of times recently so I won't say too much more. But read this editorial from Jon Zacks it is an excellent read (and not only because he quoted this blog).

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