Skip to main content

Poll shows that overwhelming majority of NHL fans want head hits banned

OTTAWA - A new poll shows Canadians are in favour of a ban on blindside hits to the head in hockey.

A survey by The Canadian Press Harris-Decima found 91 per cent of respondents believe it's good the NHL is looking at instituting a rule to curb hits to the head.

"Canadians are clearly of the view that it is time for effective action against hits to the head," pollster Doug Anderson said Tuesday in a statement.

The NHL's 30 general managers met for three days in Florida last week and drafted a rule that would give referees the power to hand out a minor or major penalty for any hit to the head of an unsuspecting player. It must still be approved by the competition committee and board of governors before entering the rulebook.

That initiative received fairly robust support.

Of the 1,000 respondents, 55 per cent said they thought the proposed rule was just right while 32 per cent indicated they didn't believe it went far enough.

The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

TOP HEADLINES

Tage Thompson
Play

Tage Thompson Ties NHL Record for Most Goals in a Period

Tage Thompson scored four goals in the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. He set two Buffalo Sabres records in the process.

Alex Pietrangelo
Play

Golden Knights' Alex Pietrangelo Away from Team Indefinitely

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will be away from the team indefinitely due to an illness in his family.

Jared McCann
Play

Do the Seattle Kraken Continue to Push for the Playoffs?

The Seattle Kraken are second in the Pacific Division. Adam Proteau says the team can still sell assets for a long-term vision if they want.