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NHL GMs want in-game penalties for blindside hits

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -NHL general managers are recommending that players who deliver blindside hits to the head be given a 5-minute penalty and ejected from games.

When the original ban that outlaws shoulder contact to the heads of unsuspecting players was enacted in March, offending players were not given in-game penalties but were only subject to supplemental discipline by the NHL.

The league's 30 general managers unanimously decided Wednesday during meetings at the Stanley Cup finals that immediate punishment should be handed out by referees during the games.

The recommendation will be made to the NHL's competition committee. If it is approved, it will then be passed along to the board of governors for a vote that would make it league policy if accepted.

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