Player-inspired NHL rules changes
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01-18-2013, 12:51 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Ottawa, ON
[QUOTE=Killion;57599655]I dont think there was any single incident in 77-79 that really tipped the scales Phil. That had already occurred in 67-68 when Bill Masterton of Minnesota got hit by Larry Cahan & Ron Harris of Oakland, went flying, head cracks on the ice & died after something like 30+ hours of Emergency Surgery.
In February 1978, there was an unfortunate incident involving Buffalo's Rick Martin taking an awkward fall and suffering convulsions as a result. Alan Eagleson already had his eye on making the helmet mandatory and with the new president, John Ziegler, this episode most likely made such an idea even more politically correct, thus the law in 1979. I have an article from 1983 about the issue where ones like Ed Westfall, Barry Beck, Phil Esposito, and the late Fred Shero expressed their dislike of the grandfather law and how they thought it encouraged more stickwork and related garbage in the game even by that time. It is also interesting to read through online news archives and elsewhere to read comments from Don Cherry, Brad Park, and many others expressing similar sentiments and in a way haunting to see how they have been proved so right on this front even more so now. In today's drive by media atmosphere, do you think these people would be still able to speak in such a way?
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