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Craig Anderson

Concussions, hits to the head landed atop NHL agenda in 2007

During the 2006-07 season, a concussion sustained by Sabres co-captain Chris Drury — as a result of a blindside check by Ottawa's Chris Neil — placed hits to the head at the forefront of the NHL agenda.

It began with then-Sabres owner Tom Golisano's letter urging NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to re-examine the rules after the league informed Buffalo that Neil's hit was legal. The concerns grew during the Stanley Cup Final, when Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger was suspended for one game after elbowing Ottawa's Dean McAmmond in the head.

And it became a prime topic of discussion for the league's competition committee, according to the minutes of its June 15...