Tougher rules are coming to high school hockey due, in part, to an accident that paralyzed a Minnesota player. The National Federation of State High School Associations has moved to increase the penalty time for checking from behind and boarding.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig was suspended for two games Saturday by the NHL for boarding Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series. Bollig received a minor penalty for boarding in the second period of Chicago’s 4-2 road loss Friday night.
The games taking place at the Minnesota state boys hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center are a little different because of changes made about a year-and-a-half ago.
More than two weeks after a hockey hit paralyzed Jack Jablonski, the Minnesota State High School League announced major changes on Monday to the penalty structure of high school hockey, effective immediately.