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NHL GMs decide against ban on head shots

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 1:41 PM / News

Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - NHL general managers have decided against recommending a ban on head shots to curb concussions. Instead, they will propose tighter enforcement of rules on charging and boarding.

The general managers also will propose longer suspensions for illegal head hits and repeat offenders.

Following a second day of meetings Tuesday to discuss concussions, general managers decided against rule revisions that would slow the game.

A rise in head injuries this season, including two recent high-profile cases, put the issue at the top of the GMs' agenda. But Commissioner Gary Bettman said there wasn't widespread support for a ban on all head shots.

Blindside hits to the head were banned last year.

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