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DiMaio: Make the equipment weaker

Mar 8, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

Well, here’s an interesting suggestion.

Debate over late hits, hits to the head and the ensuing punishments is all over the internet this morning, especially considering the fact that the NHL general managers are meeting this morning to discuss this very fact. Elliotte Friedman from CBC Sports has a rundown of a number of proposed solutions to the problem, but this one takes the proverbial cake.

Make the equipment softer.

Per Rob DiMaio:

“In the NHL, I wore the same shoulder pads I used in midget,” he said.
“I could feel the hits. These guys don’t feel anything. That gives players an extra feeling of power.”

The argument is that players are so protected nowadays that they seemingly don’t feel
the bone-jarring hits as much as they once did. Combine that with bigger and faster players and you have a NHL filled with guys who have no clue the damage they can put on opposing players.

I don’t think there’s any way the NHL will go in this direction, in fact they’re working to make the padding better and more protective.

Here’s a suggestion: Make hits to the head and illegal hits an automatic one-game suspension. Do it again and it’s 25 games.

That will keep the elbows down.

  1. MrDaveLaws - Mar 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Dear NBC I have been watching the NHL for 30 years,and if you want to get rid of head shots , it’s easy. Make head shots a mandatory 5-10 game suspension(get them where it hurts, the pocket book) and hefty fines. Also get rid of the instigator fighting penalty, because , a player knows if he gives a cheap shot, the enforcer will have his say. No one wants to fight the tough guy.

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