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Board of Governors applauds head shots rule

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- There were no dramatic conclusions to come out of the two-day meeting this week for the NHL Board of Governors.

Among the topics discussed were televisions rights, franchise updates, and a look at how the new head shot rule designed to minimize concussions is working.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called it a "routine meeting" on Tuesday.

The board approved Harley Hotchkiss' sale of his shares of the Calgary Flames to his current owner-partners of the team, and Bettman also confirmed that a meeting with Matt Hulsizer, the potential future owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, went well.

Also, this season's new head shot rule, which eliminates what were once legal hits to the head from the blindside, received an initial thumbs up from the committee.