“I’m not disappointed, but I’m somewhat surprised,” says Chris Campoli, who is part of the NHL competition committee that formulated the new rules governing blows to the head.
“When we talk about it, the biggest thing is hits to the head and I got hit to the head.”
“We felt that this hit was the most challenging one so far in this preseason for the Department of Player Safety to evaluate. In the end, we felt that Malone had committed to the hit when Campoli was upright. However, when the contact was made, Campoli’s head position significantly changed just prior to the hit.
“There are elements about the hit that we don’t like – specifically, the principal point of contact being the head and that it was not a full-body check. But the overriding factor in our judgment was that Campoli’s loss of the puck and subsequent bending forward for it just prior contributed significantly, if not entirely, to those elements.”
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One more time, this isn’t a head shot, right?
RDS’s Marc Denis does not see it the same way as Brendan Shanahan: