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Head-shot penalty effective in 2010-11

Updated: June 25, 2010, 12:40 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- The NHL's board of governors unanimously approved a head-shot rule for next season Thursday, officially ending a year-long debate on the subject.

The new penalty, first recommended by the NHL's 30 general managers in March and tweaked by the competition committee last Friday in Toronto, will penalize blindside hits to the head with a five-minute major and game misconduct plus possible supplemental discipline.

"I'm happy about the rule and I'm glad we took the time to ...

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