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Daily Cupcakes- November 16th, 2011

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An Ontario town is starting an interesting initiative for recognition of concussions.

The two family health services professionals from Peterborough, Ont., are speaking of an initiative that one day could be standard across the entire country. Their plan is to test some 15,000 students in the area – age 10 through high school – in order to compile baseline statistics on area students that would be available if it were necessary to determine if a child had suffered a concussion.

This is not just about hockey, though it is hockey more than any other sport that has caused the area boards of education and parents to embrace the idea of having every child given such a test.

Brendan Shanahan is talking about the Milan Lucic  - Ryan Miller hit.

"I think Buffalo's comments are irresponsible to suggest that it's open season," Shanahan said at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "I will have this warning for players: `It's not. If you run a goalie you're going to find yourself in the same situation that Lucic was today, you're going to have to explain yourself and you don't explain it sufficiently, and if I don't buy it, you're going to be suspended."

The incident between Tampa and Philadelphia was talked about at the GM meeting.

Several general managers said Tuesday that what happened when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers incurred "a stalemate" during a game last week needs to be monitored moving forward, but no changes need to be made for now.

Tampa Bay's strict adherence to its 1-3-1 defensive system, and Philadelphia's decision to hold the puck in its own zone and try to force the Lightning out of that alignment, sparked a discussion among the NHL's general managers during their annual fall meeting.