WHL announces plan to reduce head shots, concussions
The Western Hockey League announced after its annual general meeting this month that it will adopt a plan designed to reduce blows to the head and concussions.
A league press release reads, "The WHL Seven Point Plan is a comprehensive approach to addressing this important matter and includes the adoption of new playing rules; more severe suspensions for repeat offenders; production of an educational video on risks of concussion; educating the players to be more responsible for themselves on the ice; a seminar for all WHL head coaches and general managers; new soft-cap elbow and shoulder pads; expanded research data and a review of all WHL arena facilities safety standards.
“The WHL is fully committed to addressing head blows and concussions in a comprehensive manner,” WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said.
“We believe the Seven Point Plan we have adopted will not only create a safer environment for our players, but will also enable us to better educate our players, coaches and officials as to what constitutes a legal hit.”