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NHL GMs say no to automatic penalty for hit to head

According to reports from the general managers' meeting in Boca Raton, the league's 30 GMs voted to redefine the rules for boarding and charging and called for longer suspensions for illegal head hits -- and longer suspensions for repeat offenders -- but declined to adopt a rule calling for any hit to the head, accidental or otherwise, to be penalized.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman outlined a five-point plan on Monday for addressing the rise of concussions and other injuries related to the game. He appointed a panel consisting of Brendan Shanahan and Rob Blake, who both work for the NHL now, along with Lightning president Steve Yzerman and Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, to continue investigating ways to make the game safer.

Reports from today say the GMs will make recommendations to the four-man panel at the close of the meetings tomorrow to carry into the offseason.



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