Friday, August 26, 2011

QMJHL takes proactive stance regarding hits to the head

Press Release

During the Board of Governors meeting held just prior to the start of the 2011 Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit in Montreal, the Governors took a proactive stance regarding hits to the head, mandating the League to come up with new protocols to educate teams and players in order to eliminate hits to the head.

“The Board of Govenors made it very clear that player safety must be at the forefront of the discussions,” said QMJHL Commissioner, Gilles Courteau. “I am extremely pleased with the proactive stance adopted by our clubs regarding player safety in our great game. Player safety will be one of the key topics discussed at the Summit and I certainly look forward sharing ideas with our partners.”

Moreover, the Board of Governors today voted in favour of the implementation of having four officials on the ice for 100% of regular season and playoff games starting this season.

“This is a great initiative, especially in regards to player safety,” said the Director of Officiating, Richard Trottier. “The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is the best development league in the world and with the speed of today’s game we needed to adapt. This is excellent news for our teams, our players and our fans.”

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