The WHL’s Board of Governors concluded its annual general meeting today in Calgary. Concussions have been one of the main topics of discussion in the hockey world at all levels the past year — Everett was particularly beset by concussions last season — and trying to prevent concussions and other head injuries was at the top of the list of issues dealt with at the meeting.
Among the actions being taken is a new Checking to the Head penalty which will be instituted next season. The other thing I found interesting was the mention of new “soft cap elbow and shoulder pads.” Are the equipment manufacturers on board with this?
The other bits of news include an announcement that the league’s schedule will be released later this month, which is significantly earlier than in previous seasons. Also, Kelowna, Red Deer and Saskatoon were short-listed for hosting the 2013 Memorial Cup, so there’s no chance of junior hockey’s biggest event coming to Everett until 2016 at the earliest.