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Hockey Canada introduced a new web site on Thursday to educate players, coaches, parents and volunteers about its new rule against contact to the head.

Along with the full explanation of head contact rule 6.5, which goes into effect this season, the site will have videos explaining the rule and resources such as handouts and posters for minor hockey and other associations under the Hockey Canada umbrella.

The rule calls for punishment ranging from minor penalties to game misconducts and match penalties for all contact with a player's head. The site can be found here:

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www.HockeyCanada.ca/HeadContactRule

"We encourage all of our minor hockey associations, along with their team managers and coaches, to take a pro-active step to add messaging about the new rule and concussion awareness to any pre-season or early season meetings," said Hockey Canada chairman of the board Michael Bruni. "It is vital that coaches work with their team staff, players and parents to outline the head contact rule definitions and expectations of play."

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A native of Wainfleet, Ont., David Shoalts joined The Globe in 1984 after working at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Toronto Sun. He graduated in 1978 from Conestoga College and also attended the University of Waterloo. More

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