The National Hockey League is set to begin rolling out its new safety network in the wake of a major air crash in the United Kingdom.
The network, which will be made up of a network of officials, experts and volunteers, will be rolled out starting this week, a league official told NHL.com.
The league said Thursday that the network will be “an independent, professional organization” with a “high level of independence” from the league.
A source told NHL Network Insider that the goal is to “keep the league independent, focused on the safety of the players, and to have a well-functioning safety organization.”
The league said the new network will work “with partners, partners from other sports leagues and leagues and other organizations, to develop a network that meets the needs of the hockey community.”
It’s unclear what the goal will be with regard to the number of players, as some leagues have their own safety network.
It’s also unclear what percentage of the network’s members will be from the NHL.
The network will “be a highly collaborative, multi-faceted approach to the safety challenges that we face,” the league said.
“We have always seen that when we are able to work together, we can get to the root of the problem, the root cause of the issue, and we will find solutions.”
While the NHL has been pushing its safety network for some time, there has been little transparency on the specifics of the system, which is being led by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which represents the NHL, NHL players and NHL coaches.
The association, which has been a leading voice in the NFL and NHL’s global efforts, has also been criticized by players for not addressing issues such as the number and severity of injuries that players sustain while playing.
In an interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike, former NHLer and now an NFL insider, said the league is “in a very tough spot” with the players and the players are in a very vulnerable position because of the high number of concussions, which the league says is a major concern for its players.
“There is a lack of clarity,” said Joe Haggerty, who played in the NHL for 20 years.
“There are no metrics that I know of that are going to quantify what is going on.
There are no statistics that are being put out to quantify the number.
We’re just waiting for the data to be collected.
There is no transparency on how many concussions are being caused by the players.
And I think that’s a big issue.”
Haggerty said he’s disappointed the league has not focused on reducing the number or severity of concussive injuries and concussions.
“I think that would be a big mistake,” he said.
“The players and all the players want to see a safety system that’s as good as they can get.
It would be nice if the league did that, but I think the players would be disappointed that it hasn’t happened.”