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Report: GMs want hybrid icing next season, still need NHLPA approval

Mar 20, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

NHL general managers have voted to bring in hybrid icing for next season, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports.

The rule change — strongly backed by a number of GMs prior to Wednesday’s meeting in Toronto (see here and here) — is far from being completed, however.

LeBrun notes that hybrid icing needs a “blessing” from the NHLPA via the Competition Committee, something the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts says isn’t likely to happen:

According to the NHLPA website, the Competition Committee is “responsible for making recommendations about rules and related issues to the NHL Board of Governors and NHLPA Executive Board.”

The committee is comprised of David Backes and Chris Campoli (NHLPA), Mathieu Schneider and Colin Campbell (non-voting members), four NHL GMs (Joe Nieuwendyk, David Poile, Jim Rutherford, Steve Yzerman) and Philadelphia Flyers Chairman Ed Snider.

The NHL sent out a tweet saying the “majority” of GMs are in favor of hybrid icing.

That said, LeBrun reports the “early word” on hybrid icing is that the NHLPA isn’t sold on the idea, so it might not pass at the Competition Committee level.

Hybrid icing is a mixture of touch and no-touch icing. It gives a linesman the discretion to blow his whistle and stop the play if he believes a defending player will reach the puck first, and was implemented this season in the American Hockey League to favorable reviews.

  1. phillyphannn83 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    So which one of the 11 links in your story actually takes us to a story explaining the rules of this hybrid icing? 11 links? really?

    • Mike Halford - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      There’s a bit explaining hybrid icing at the bottom. It’s been added in.

      Most of the links you were referring to were in the embedded tweets, and I have since removed those.

  2. gregman98 - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Hybrid Icing Explained:

  3. lordfletcher - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    as much as I want Hybrid icing, I feel that the NHLPA is right. You might as well keep it the same or FINALLY bring in no-touch.

    Hybrid only masks the issue at hand and really doesn’t prevent injuries when two skaters are rushing for the puck (which is the reason for the change). The only thing I see Hybrid icing changing is the pace of the game, it will shave off around 2 minutes of waiting time in a 60 minute game. big whoop.

    it’s time for no-touch icing, cut these defenders some slack.

    my .02

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Dead on.

    • JoeAvg - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      I have to agree with you. Hybrid icing just seems like typical NHL logic:

      “Please fix my horn, my brakes don’t work!”

    • lordfletcher - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      curious to hear those that gave it a thumbs down.


      do you like the current rule or … ?

      I do like the rush for the play, but it’s proven to be a very non-safe play for too many in the game. that’s why I want no-touch icing.

      I am curious is all, thanks :)

  4. steelers88 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I really don’t mind hybrid icing I really don’t I’m actually in favor of it but I just hope and pray they don’t change to many rules. I don’t want the NHL to become like the NFL.

  5. shortsxit34 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:11 PM


    Why do you the hybrid icing doesn’t address the safety issue? It removes virtually any possibility for two players to crash into the boards and has had great success in college and junior hockey.

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