posted on Jan, 30 2004 @ 05:14 PM
As NHL players get bigger and tougher, and the ice staying the same size, the game becomes more physical. Players are taking every advantage they have
to hit or tie up their opponents. With such close proximity of the players, injuries are common. More often than not, serious injuries result instead
of minor aches and pains.
News Source Canadian Press
(CP) - While Eric Lindros' career-threatening concussion has renewed the debate on head injuries in the NHL, the number of concussions around the
league may fall this year, the chairman of the league's injury analysis panel said Friday.
A number of steps have been taken to reduce head injuries since the panel was formed three years ago and the panel continues to look for new ways to
make the sport safer, he added.
The panel, which includes players, officials, equipment and arena managers and others, is to meet during the weekend of the Feb. 8 all-star game in
St. Paul, Minn.
I agree that something has to be done, but I do not think just upgrading equipment will be the solution. Making better equipment just allows the
players to play tougher. Serious injury will still occur. If there is a 50/50 chance that I am going to get hurt when checking someone into the
boards, I am going to back off a little. But if there is only a minimal chance that I will get hurt, I am going to hit my opponent as hard as I
Open up the ice, get rid of the 2 line offside pass. Consider going to olympic sized ice. Something needs to be done, just hope they pick the right
[Edited on 30/1/04 by TRD]