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Report: Players to decide on hybrid icing by ‘Monday at the latest’

Sep 24, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

Wondering when the NHLPA will make the call on hybrid icing? The CBC’s Elliotte Friedman has that information:

Hybrid icing has drawn mixed reviews from players, so we’ll have to wait and see on the vote’s outcome.

Yesterday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the “vast majority” of NHL general managers liked the rule, which is being applied on a tryout basis during the preseason.

The regular season starts next Tuesday, so “Monday at the latest” is a good way to put it.


  1. DonkeyStick - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    They had better not have this put in as a rule….I’ve seen ONE player in 20 years I’ve been watching hockey injured and they want to make a change? I’ve seen way more icings be waved off by hustle and goals scored by offensive player beating defensive player to the puck. This isn’t the NFL where rules are changing every week….LEAVE IT ALONE

    • joey4id - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      There were 2 players last season who suffered fractures of the femur. Two during a 48 game season. So, it’s not about what you’ve seen. That being said, the rule may not be perfect, but the intent is to minimize the risk of career ending injuries.

  2. shanesander - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    of all the changes this year, this is by far the best. can still have all the excitement of the chase for a loose pick without the risk of injury may need some tweaking but a move in the right direction

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      How do you not have injuries? Guys going full speed to the circles still leaves the option of falling and crashing into the boards. Guys will get injured no matter what the rules are.

    • nj666 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      there will be no chase because the play will be blown dead once the puck crosses over.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        You’re thinking of automatic icing; with hybrid, a hustling player will still negate an icing

  3. shanesander - Sep 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    DonkeyStick… Taylor Fedun, Kurtis Foster, Joni Pitkanen & Matt Greene… just off the top of my head

    • DonkeyStick - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien, Wade Belak, Bob Probert……I guess we should ban fighting as well?

  4. steelers88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I’m totally in favor of hybrid icing.

  5. sknut - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Yeah the NHL should ban fighting. I would not miss it one bit its way past the time to get rid of fighting.

    • mathieug79 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      If you don’t want Fights, why don’t you stick to watching Figure Skating?

      • valoisvipers - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Fights that happen in the heat of the action are fine by me but the staged bouts must be eliminated.

  6. nj666 - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    hybrid icing sucks.

  7. channelguy - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    For years the ‘classic’ example of this was Pat Peake, Capitals forward who had been a big scorer in junior and was coming on as a player when he shattered his heel in 1996 in one of these incidents. He only played a few games after that, and had to retire.

    Funny how no one remembers that. It was the injury that got the whole movement to get the rule change started in the media.

  8. mathieug79 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Now only if they could have survey’s for every stupid rule change..for example; Jersey tuck rules What the F*** was that rule implied for???

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