Gone are the days of spin to win as far as the NHL goes. It might be fine for a popular TV game show, or a board game at the cottage, but it’s no longer allowable in the major league of hockey.
This is probably good news, but now the league has to start considering how to get rid of the shootout all together. Something that we will hopefully see in the not too distant future.
Shootouts are for soccer. And even then(?).
Here’s a list of the other rule changes adopted by the NHL that go into effect for the 2014-15 campaign.
*The goalkeeper’s restricted “trapezoid” area expands by two feet from the goal post on both ends of the net.
*Clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, head-butting and butt-ending infractions join the same category as boarding and checking-from-behind fouls, whereby a player who incurs two such game misconducts in the category will be automatically suspended for one game.
*Video reviewers may advise referees on whether their whistle was blown after losing sight of the puck on disputed goals.
*More evidence of a “distinct kicking motion” is required for video reviewers to reverse a “goal” call or uphold a “no-goal” call made on the ice.
*A two-minute tripping penalty may be called on defending players who trip players with their body/arm/shoulder, regardless of whether the defending player makes initial contact with the puck. But a penalty shot can not be awarded if the defending player touches the puck first.
*Supplemental discipline for diving increases, with a graduated scale of fines for repeat offenders and their head coaches.
*To curb face-off delay tactics following an icing call, a defending team committing a second faceoff violation (after a warning is issued) will receive a two-minute bench minor.
*Faceoffs will remain in the attacking zone if a stoppage in play is the result of an attempt to create a scoring chance, such as a shot going off the net and out of play, or a shot deflected out of play by a teammate.
*Hash marks on the end-zone circles widen from three feet to the international distance of five feet, seven inches
The season is soon upon us!