FAHS prof's call for a total ban on headshots in the NHL

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FAHS prof's call for a total ban on headshots in the NHL

Published on May 10 2013


In an op-ed article featured in the Toronto Star, associate professors Julie Stevens and Danny Rosenberg call for a total ban on headshots in the game of hockey.

The duo recently published a journal article titled: “Heads up: violence and the vulnerability principle in hockey revisited.”

Following a recent violent incident in the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs, the two took to the public forum to share their perspective on violence and vulnerability of hockey players.

Here is an excerpt from the op-ed piece in the Toronto Star.

“It is time for the NHL to immediately implement and promote a total ban on hits to the head, on moral grounds based on the dangerous levels of vulnerability to which players are exposed. Clearly such a move would require a monumental shift in the ethos of the game. However, banning hits to the head would curtail the misconception that the NHL is defined by violence. More important, it would emphasize that players must respect each other as moral beings, first and foremost.”

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