Thursday, September 14, 2006

RULE CHANGES BY NHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS

As reported on TSN, the curve of a players stick has been increased from one-half inch to three quarters of an inch.

During regulation time or overtime (but not shootouts), a player found to have a stick curved in excess of that amount would be assessed a minor penalty and a $200 fine for the first offense. A second offense in the same season would be accompanied by a minor penalty, plus a fine of $1,000. A third offense in the same season would draw a game misconduct penalty and an automatic one-game suspension. The suspension would double in length for any subsequent violation in the same season.

During shootouts, an opposing Club may request measurement of a shooter's stick prior to the shooter's attempt. If the stick is found to be legal, the complaining Club would forfeit its next shootout attempt and the player listed for the challenging Club's next attempt would not be permitted to participate until all other eligible players have participated. The Club would be fined $5,000 and the Club's coach would be fined $1,000. If the stick is illegal, the offending player would become ineligible to participate in the shootout and the Club would forfeit that shootout attempt. The Club would be fined $5,000 and the player would be fined $1,000.
Fairly strict, huh? Players better keep the measurements legal and not play around with that rule.

The Board also approved enhanced measures against "diving" and embellishment of actions in the attempt to draw a penalty. The first such infraction would result in a warning letter being sent to the player or goalkeeper. A second infraction would be accompanied by a $1,000 fine. A third infraction would result in a telephone hearing with the Director of Hockey Operations and a possible one-game suspension. The length of the suspension would double for any subsequent violation.
I like this one. It's a good 3 step discipline procedure. Diving needs to be stopped immediately, especially in the playoffs.

The Board also approved a rule change that will give the home team the choice of shooting first or second in the shootout.

Another good one, utilize home ice advantage more.

Still no move to eliminate the 'clearing the puck over the glass' penalty. I agree with Don Cherry that the rule has to go. We don't want a playoff series being decided over a stupid rule like that, right Brian Campbell? The rule could be tinkered with, maybe for intentional or unintentional, but that would put even more heat on the refs wouldn't it?

1 Comments:

At September 15, 2006 at 5:52 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

I have always debated that in puts pressure on refs - aren't all their calls judgement calls in a sense.

Shooting the puck out of play should be treating the same as an icing and nothing more. Teams cannot make line changes - so if a player does it intentionally to get tired guys off the ice this would reel it in. No need to penalize something you can never determine was on purpose.

Second time a rule steals a Stanley Cup from Buffalo. Of course, I'm kidding!

 

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