The cause of Derek Boogard's death has not been confirmed yet.
But if it is concussion or brain-related, it could be an influential death indeed.
Combined with Crosby's concussion problems, we may reach a critical mass
where the policy on head hits could change.
It wouldn't be overly easy to enforce/distinguish from incidental contact, etc
But it just might be time to ban ALL HEAD HITS.
Up 'til now, head-on-shoulder hits have been perfectly legal.
These are world-class athletes with shoulders like granite, but skulls of normal
Head and shoulder must be forbidden to collide from now on in the NHL, IMO.
All hits should be shoulder-to-shoulder, chest-to-chest, or basically hip checks.
In this age of super-athletes, the human head has not evolved any special protections.
It's time to evolve hockey some more.
It's time to change the rule.