Created: 03/06/2013 10:10 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen
It's state hockey tourney time in St. Paul and this year coaches are applauding efforts to make the game safer.
Coaches say new rules have resulted in cleaner play, fewer penalties overall and players called for checking from behind are learning their lessons.
Minnesota Hockey introduced tougher penalties for dangerous hits after Jack Jablonski was paralyzed last season.
The new rules are temporary, but could become permanent next month.
In addition to new penalties, coaches are required to take training on preventing and managing concussions.