The NHL is in the process of changing its concussion monitoring system.
As of this season there will be four concussion spotters watching all games from either Toronto or New York as well as spotters at each game to verify for visible symptoms. According to Bill Daly, Deputy commissioner, the spotters will be authorized to remove players from games.
”It’s a pretty major revamp from what it was last year,” Daly said Wednesday. ”We’re going to have both those (remote and on-site) spotters, plus you have the clubs’ medical staffs. We’re just building in reinforcements, really, to make the system work better.”
The NHL is currently being sued by former players alleging that it had the resources to better prevent head trauma, failed to properly warn players of such risks and promoted violent play that led to their injuries.