THE NHL HAS a new rule this season that gives players an extra two-minute penalty if they remove their own helmet before a fight.
But what the players quickly realized is that there is nothing in the rule that says the two fighters can’t remove each other’s helmet.
That is exactly what happened during a preseason game when Krys Barch of the New Jersey Devils and Brett Gallant of the New York Islanders dropped the gloves. Before they started throwing punches, Barch knocked off Gallant’s helmet and then Gallant returned the favor.
The new rule is designed to reduce concussions and is a first step in greatly reducing fighting in the NHL. But before that happens, the league needs to come up with a rule with fewer loopholes.
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