At the conclusion of annual meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., National Hockey League general managers have proposed a rule change to address hits to the head in league games.
The following language was agreed to unanimously by the group:
"A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.
A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline."
The recommendation goes next to the NHL and NHLPA competition committee. If approved by that group, the proposal then will be presented to the NHL Board of Governors for final approval.
There were two other recommendations made by the group.
The first tiebreaker at season's end will changed to regulation and overtime wins, not overall wins as is currently the case. Any rule change won't go into effect until the 2010-2011 season at the earliest.
The NHL will request that the American Hockey League to go to a four-man officiating system in 40 per cent of AHL games, beginning next season. The AHL now uses three-man system for all games. The final decision belongs to the AHL but the NHL is prepared to support it, especially financially.
I don't think today was my most solid game that I've had, some rebounds here and there. I know there's a lot of work to do, not every game is going to go as good as these last few. I've just got to make sure I keep working and keep trying to get better.
— Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones after stopping 38 of 39 shots in a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs