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09:28 AM ET 11.18 | In an effort to stop what has become a disturbing trend, the NHL is threatening stiffer penalties for hits to the head. A memo circulated by league disciplinarian Colin Campbell and posted in each club's dressing room warns that there will be consequences for skaters who don't play nice. "We cannot and will not tolerate blows to the head that are deliberate, avoidable and illegal," reads the memo. The NHL notice goes on to state: "The length of suspensions for illegal blows to the head will be increased if these incidents persist across the league. Taking steps to maintain the safest on-ice environment possible for the players remains our most important priority."

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