CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – The National Hockey League will have more eyes on the ice looking out for players that get concussions.
The NHL concussion spotters will be helping teams identify visible signs and symptoms of the injury and will be able to stop a game if they see fit.
Under the leagues concussion protocol, teams have had spotters in the past, but some teams can’t have one person whose sole responsibility is to keep an eye on players who have had a head injury.
The decision to remove a player from a game still rests with the team trainers and medical staff, but now there will be an extra set of eyes.
Springfield Falcons Communications Manager Andy Zilch told 22News, “Last year the first game of the season we had a player get into a fight, lost his helmet and hit the ice with his head, he was taken off, and he is not allowed to play until he passes all concussion protocol one hundred percent.”
The spotters will be watching from various parts of an arena, and have access to live video feeds and replays. They do not have to be medical personnel, but they do have to go through NHL mandated online seminars.