NHL: Analyzing the New Rules in the NHL
Added by Jackie Daly on October 16, 2013.
Since 1937, the National Hockey League has been using the touch icing rule, so needless to say it has been a long time standing. Icing “occurs when a player shoots the puck across both the center red line and the opposing team’s goal line, and the puck remains untouched,” as quoted by online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. The defending team would race to touch the puck first, making play stop and a faceoff take place in their offensive zone.
Come the 2013 season, bringing in tow is a major icing rule change. Moving forward the league will follow hybrid icing, which is a third variation of the infraction that is used by the NCAA, and now the AHL, NHL, and other minor North American leagues. Hybrid icing is intended to reduce the dangerous and damaging collisions that occur when players are racing to get to the iced puck first.
Hybrid icing is called if the linesman determines that the puck will cross the goal line and the defending player is not behind in the race to the end zone face off circle in his defensive zone. When an icing is called, the play is blown dead, and the faceoff comes to the defending teams offensive zone. If the attacking player is leading the race, then the officials are instructed to allow play to continue.
There are a few instances when icing can be waived off such as the team committing the icing being shorthanded (they are short a player because of a minor penalty). Another is the attainable pass rule, if the linesman believes the iced puck was a result of an attempted receivable pass. The attainable pass rule has now been removed as of the 2013-2014 NHL season.
Now onto uniforms. Just like any job, there is a protocol for what you are supposed to be wearing. As per the general managers it was time to clean up. Sleeves must extend to the glove, equipment cannot show and pants should not be altered, ripped, torn, cut, or anything of the sorts. A player who’s jersey is tucked in will receive a warning on first offense. If mentioned again it will result a minor penalty.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be give to any player who removes their helmet prior to a fight. This rule is meant to keep player safety in mind, taking all steps to protect the head in every circumstance. Rule 48 was also rewritten and now reads “A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head was the main point of contact and such contact to the head was avoidable it not permitted.” Since concussions in the sports setting are a main focus of attention as of the last few years, all steps and changes are taking place to preserve player safety.
Lastly, the nets are shallower by 4 inches on either side, and the size of goalie leg pads have been reduced. Let us as fans see how this affects the goals scored per game.
Thoughts on the new rules?