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GM Meetings: Hybrid icing gaining approval, may seek rule change

Mar 12, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

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According to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, the one potential rule change that’s gaining the most traction today surrounds hybrid icing.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that hybrid icing is getting enough support from the GMs to bring it up for discussion to the full complement of executives tomorrow. If you want an exhaustive explanation of what goes into hybrid icing, USA Hockey has a video on it to check out. Hybrid icing is currently used in NCAA hockey and in the USHL as well.

Simplifying it, hybrid icing still allows for the chase aspect of going after the puck but eliminates the race to the end boards by judging which side wins the race by seeing who gets to the face off circle first. If the defending team wins the race, the whistle blows and the face off goes to the other end. If the attacking team wins, icing is waived off and play continues like normal.

The key to adapting this rule is to save players from getting crushed into the end boards and preventing needless injuries. From a safety aspect, it makes an obscene amount of sense to adopt this change.

  1. madtolive5 - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Good get rid of some of the Ralphie Torres like cheap shots.

  2. paledevil - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    i prefer bigger rinks

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Me too, but that’s not gonna happen.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        thats not even your idea

  3. yarguy - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Just something more for coaches to argue about with referees (or in this case, with linesmen). Simple no touch icing has been in use for years in junior hockey in Canada and I haven’t noticed any decrease in intensity. Why adopt a complicated rule when a simple one is at hand – oh yeah, it’s the NHL.

    • kitshky - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      There’s not a lot in hockey I hate more than no touch icing, if this helps with player safety and yet still maintains the integrity of the play … Im in.

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