TORONTO - A new rule on blindsided hits to the head still has a number of hurdles to overcome if it's going to start being called before the end of the regular season.
As of early Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the NHL Players' Association said the union still hadn't received all of the necessary materials pertaining to the proposed change from the league.
Those would need to be reviewed by the five player representatives of the 10-man competition committee - Brian Campbell, Jason Spezza, Ryan Miller, Mathieu Schneider and Jeff Halpern - before the rule could be approved. The other half of the committee is comprised of four GMs and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider.
The league is in the process of putting together a DVD that includes examples of the proposed penalty along with a memo explaining the rule change for committee members.
Even if the rule was to be passed through the competition committee, it would need to receive 100 per cent approval from the NHL's board of governors because it's a change being made in season.