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AHL to re-implement hybrid icing

Oct 1, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT


The American Hockey League has announced it will use hybrid icing for the 2013-14 campaign, re-implementing a rule it used on a trial basis during the NHL lockout.

“We are pleased to see the National Hockey League and the NHLPA adopt the hybrid icing rule that was successfully implemented in the AHL last season,” AHL CEO Dave Andrews said in a statement. “We join with the NHL and the NHLPA in believing that this rule will reduce an unnecessary risk of injury and make our game safer for our players.”

On Monday, the NHL and NHLPA announced the (mildly surprising) decision to go ahead with hybrid icing for the upcoming campaign after using it on a trial basis during the preseason.

While several people voiced their displeasure (see here and here and here) with hybrid icing — a mix of touch and no-touch icing in which the linesman determines which player would be first to reach the puck — NHLPA executive Mathieu Schneider said the “majority of teams” support the change.


  1. 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I like the hybrid icing. If a ref has to make a call, let it be 6 feet before the glass. It’s basically a race to the hash marks. Blowing that call is harder than calling which swinging blade hits the puck first. That call is wrong at least once a game. Also you now just added 5 seconds to each period. That’s gonna be great when your team wins with 3 secs left because hybrid icing added those seconds. I’m sure the fans on the other side will disagree. I like the Olympic icing where the whistle gets blown as dion as the puck crosses the goal line

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