"They have to add a penalty, or else people may feel it's worth it to take out a player. You have to assess a minor or major penalty, or else it doesn't hurt the team. Otherwise, it might be worth it in a playoff situation. In the playoffs, what's to say it's not a smart move to go after a guy?" Jamal Mayers
"If you look at the number of total hits in the NHL season, compared to the hits we see over and over, those dirty headshot hits, it's a very small percentage. What they're trying to do get rid of really bad, vicious hits. When a guy's targeting a player's head, we all know it." Robyn Reghr
"Nobody wants to be out there in fear that they might (suffer) a career-ending injury and then you can't do what you love to do. I like the fact they're cracking down on it. They should punish guys who make the effort to hit somebody in the head." Troy Brouwer
"It's something that needed to be looked after and I am glad it's being looked after. Hits to the head should not be tolerated." Mike Babcock
"There's a respect factor involved. You've got to be responsible. If you target a guy's head, it's going to cost you and your team." Matt Stajan
“To even better address player safety an area in which we have consistently had a leadership role, particularly as it relates to concussions, I am creating a new department of player safety.” GaryBettman announcing Brendan Shanahan’s new role in June of 2011.
- A primary objective of the Department of Player Safety is to reduce illegal blows to the head and reduce concussions.
- The primary objective of players who drop the gloves is to punch their opponent in the head as often as possible to punish them or send a message to their team.
Fights for the first 6 days of the 2012-13 season have been frequent, a total of 54 or .65 fights per game. It’s very early in this short season but this is an increase over last year which finished at .44 fights per game. Even worse for the NHL’s image is the fact that 4 of those bouts came within mere seconds after the opening faceoff and 8 games have had multiple fights. Did the NHL or NHLPA count the blows to the head from all those altercations? Would any other professional league remain silent after multiple games on the opening weekend were marred by brawling? What does the Department of Player Safety think about all those illegal hits to the head? Remember, fighting is against the rules; therefore every punch is not legal.