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AHL to continue with hybrid icing until NHL play resumes

Nov 20, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT


On Tuesday, the American Hockey League announced it would extend its trial period of hybrid icing.

From the AHL website:

American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has voted to continue the current test of AHL Rule 82 (“Icing”) until the resumption of play in the National Hockey League, at which time it will be reconsidered by the AHL Board.

At the request of the National Hockey League, the AHL Board of Governors in June approved a test of a variation of Rule 82 that, in the event of a potential icing violation, completes the play should a defending player be the first to reach the end zone face-off dots and provided the puck will cross the goal line at that point.

In late October, Andrews spoke with The Sporting News about the implementation of hybrid icing and was quick to call it a success:

SN: You have hybrid icing this year. It’s not the first time you’ve tetsted rules for the NHL. How is this one going?

DA: Perfect. I have had nothing but positive feedback from coaches, from players, from scouts. It’s going really well. We’re going to evaluate it on Nov. 19, when we meet with the competition committee, and we’ll get feedback from NHL general managers, but I expect we’ll leave it in for the rest of the year.

Sabres GM Darcy Regier has been following AHL Rochester throughout the year and said he’s on board with the hybrid idea.

“I’ve seen enough of it that I want to see more of it,” he told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

  1. crosberries - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Haha they said they expect to leave it in all year since there won’t be an NHL season

  2. acieu - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Congratulations to Scott Brand creator of the rule in the USHL. I think HOF as a result

  3. blomfeld - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    The international “icing” rule will eventually be adopted by the NHL, if for no other reason than it “has” to. With players increasing “exponentially” in speed, strength and size from year to year now, and given the fact that the greedy owners refuse to abandon their 1800’s era “Victoria” rink dimensions, the NHL will soon come to a point where it has no other choice in the matter. That is assuming of course, that they don’t want the end boards in their arenas to become “nightly” crime scenes. If you’re looking for a villain in all of this, then look no farther than the Food & Drug industries. Our worldwide food chain is now completely compromised with growth hormones and rapid-development steroids, with the result that a 6 foot person today is liable to be considered a midget in another 20 years ! By the time Parise’s contract expires, I wouldn’t be surprised if the average height of an NHL defense man is in excess of 8 feet !

    • jernster21 - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Beat it, nerd.

      • blomfeld - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM

        friend … please don’t take this personally, but it does appear that you’re likely retarded ? … so take care and God speed to you …

  4. jaybird22seven - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Don Cherry wanted this rule 15 years ago.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      Good reason right there to view it with great suspicion.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    I propose a simple icing rule: If you clear your own defensive blue line, you may shoot the puck down the ice. If you don’t clear your own blue line, regardless of whether you are shorthanded, if you shoot the puck down the ice, the whistle shall be blown once the puck crosses the other team’s goal line. That’s icing and your team is not allowed any player substitutions during that time out.

  6. kamaria42 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Reblogged this on rptrainingacademy.

  7. boukengreen - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    we used this in the SPHL a few seasons ago and it caused way to many questionable calls and wasn’t always enforced the same. so based on experience i say either stay with the touch icing or go with no touch one way or the other

  8. id4joey - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Icing! The most boring play of the game. Grrrrrrr! it is so anti hockey, and only slows the game down. NHL did a good thing by not allowing player substitutions after an icing. How about a two minute minor for delay of game when an icing is deemed to be intentional? Team is under pressure in their D zone, and they ice the puck. Boom! Delay of game. Same as shooting the puck over the glass in the D zone. If you attempt the long pass, then you better be certain it’s going to go tape to tape. This rule could minimize the long pass and subsequently reduce injuries. And those players who dump just inches before reaching the CI line. Boom! Delay of game. I think keeping the puck in play leads to better puck control and creative play making. Coaches would have to devise tactics for their team when they are under pressure.

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