A modest proposal for taking the helmets off hockey players – Chicago Tribune (blog)

The marketing-driven rule change I’m about to suggest did not stem from the Blackhawks shootout win over the Panthers on Tuesday night, but it seems timely:

Allow skaters to take off their helmets and shields during shootouts.

Boom. Personality comes to a sport that needs to sell exactly that.

You only have to go back to last year’s All-Star Game to see how stumbling, bumbling NHL wonks tried to squash personality and fun.

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