Checking in on Body Checking in the NHL

Posted: 10th November 2009 by Nelson Santos in NHL
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There's been much discussion about all the injuries to the head and otherwise due to huge, fast, and hard body checks of late. The NHL GMs will be discussing headshots during the next couple days. Of course, everyone has an opinion on what can be done to reduce the number of injuries. Suggestions include the removal of the trapezoid, which would allow netminders to play the puck and thusùin theoryùsave their defensemen from enduring so much physical play. But that change would alter the current game. There has been talk of equipment and its affects. This is an area where I think the NHL should spend many R&D dollars to ensure every player is well protected, but not launching themselves into each other wearing hard plastic suits of armour. Some suggest being a bit more lenient on the ...

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