Breaking Sports

Thursday, July 14, 2005

nhl- Rule Changes

I have received emails from readers of Breaking Sports asking to bring up rule changes. These readers would like to know the thoughts of hockey fans on some of the changes being discussed. Following is from ESPN; what do you think?

Although changes must be approved by the league's board of governors, expect some of these alterations: Goaltenders' equipment will be downsized significantly, including the width of pads, which will be 1 inch narrower to a maximum of 11 inches. The center red line is likely gone, although there is resistance to this move. Nets will be moved 2 feet closer to the end boards. Goaltenders will be restricted from playing the puck directly behind their own goal. There will be a hybrid no-touch icing rule that will allow linesmen to wave off an icing call on an attempted pass. Teams will not be allowed to ice the puck during a penalty (the faceoff will return to the penalized team's zone and they will not be allowed to make personnel changes). Tag-up offsides will return. Any player shooting the puck out of play in his own zone will be assessed a minor penalty (currently only the goaltender is subject to this rule). A five-minute 4-on-4 overtime will be followed by a three-minute 3-on-3 session, and then a shootout series of penalty shots to make the tie game obsolete. Finally, the league will once again try to enforce its existing rules on obstruction, hooking and holding, especially away from the puck.