Over the past few years one major topic surrounding the National Hockey League has been head shots, or more specifically hits targeted to the head. too many times players have found a need to go after an innocent player who either has there number facing south or there in the middle of the ice watching the play and all of a sudden they are lying flat unconscious, eyes closed, or are struggling to find out exactly where they are. current NHL VP Brendan Shannahan has picked up the mess that former VP Colin Campbell left by making several early suspensions and "Video calls" to players who hit a player from behind or targeted the head in any manner. i do like the direction that Shannahan is going however i do not think it is enough to warn or get the players attention enough to stop these foolish acts.
Smaller leagues like the OHL have tweaked there system a bit by adding softer pads to there equipment so that players don't get the hard impact that they had back than with the new hard as rock shoulder pads. even European leagues have gone with the no touch icing rule, though that may kill the all exciting race to delay the icing action is it really worth risking a career or more importantly a life for one simple touch of the puck. my answer is no. the reason i say no is because because the game has changed dramatically and it has become way more faster than its been in years. id rather take a couple whistles now and then, rather than heads being face planted into the boards or a turning to receive the puck and getting rammed for it.