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NHL modifies jersey-tuck rule

Oct 1, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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From CBC’s Elliotte Friedman:

The NHL’s hockey operations department has modified how it will enforce the “jersey tuck” rule. If the sweater tucks while a player is skating, there will be no warning/penalty providing it was untucked at the beginning of a shift. That eases one of the bigger complaints, while allowing the league to pursue players who deliberately flout this crackdown.

Of course, this won’t make Alex Ovechkin any happier, as he’s always been an intentional tucker.


Intentional tucker.

This is actually a thing now.

  1. rebekah319 - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Stupidest Rule Ever!!!!

    • mrpinkca - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Tell that to the automatic puck over the glass delay of game penalty…

  2. 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    It’s pathetic.

  3. dku5 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Just wait for the clean shaven look rule come playoff time. I used to laugh at the comment re NHL turning into icecapades, but this rule is right out of figure skating rules.

  4. sjtorpitt - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Darryl Sutter won’t like this….

  5. letsgolightning - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Serious question: Did the players actually agree to this?

    • hockey412 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      I think just the GM’s.

    • hockey412 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Clarification – this has been in the rule book forever – the GM’s voted to enforce it this year.

  6. Stiller43 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Well…at least it solves ovi’s concerns of “it tucks in by itself when i skate”…..?

  7. Exiled1 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Wayne Gretzky just called……he said no prob on the whole “elevating your league to newer heights” thing…..,but this jersey tuck rule is bush league.

  8. bbobes327 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    I was hoping I would read ‘”NHL modifies jersey tuck rule by completely removing it from the rule books.” Oh well…

    Jersey tuck rule, hybrid icing, illegal no-touch zone (trapezoid) I think the league is trying to out-do itself with stupid rules almost every year.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      I thought the trapezoid rule was the dumbest ever before this. Seriously, what is the thinking behind this? What is the dreadful problem it is supposed to be fixing?

      • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        I guess the NHL thinks casual fans will have a hard time seeing a players number when the jersey is tucked in. Of course if you are that slow, you probably can’t follow the puck as it is.

        It also has something to do with the whole “uniform means everyone looks exactly the same” thing.

      • hockey412 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        They SAY it’s asthetics (sp?) and safety, so equipment is all on the inside of the jersey.

        Those who see how much the NHL is trying to make a profit in any way possible know that they are just opening the door for branding negotiations (putting ads on jerseys).

      • hockey412 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Also – evidently this has been in the rule book for years and years.

  9. wirsindderclub87 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    They have plenty of bigger problems than players tucking their jerseys in. I can’t begin to understand how they thought this was a big enough problem to make it mandatory. There’s maybe 2 or 3 players at best per team that do this.

  10. 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Would it be a rule if Prince Crosby tucked it in? NO

  11. raysquared2000 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Are you guys selling tickets to a hockey game or a fashion show?????? WHO FRICKING CARES!!!!!!! JUST LET THEM PLAY THE GAME, WILL YA??????

  12. lsumike - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I apologize to all the hard core hockey fans for my ignorance on the issue and I am sure plenty of you will harass me for it, but I don’t understand this rule. Does having a tucked in jersey/sweater provide some kind of advantage?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      I tried asking about it above, but got no answers. If anyone actually knows where this rule came from, they’re not here tonight. 😉

  13. dhillca - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    The reason for this rule is because in the coming years, the NHL will start to sell advertising space on jerseys and they want the entire jersey to be shown. This is just setting the stage to,phase it in
    Bank it

  14. shamu1the1whale - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    This tuck/untucked rule is just a waste of everyone’s time for the players and the refs. There are so many important things to focus on, certainly not this. I’ve always liked watching Jagr play with his tucked jersey, it’s kind of cool actually. It was like his trademark.

  15. shanesander - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    the.. most… non-sensical rule.. in… sports….

    i get this is the step before putting ads on the unis but the iihf has ads on unis yet doesn’t have a jersey tuck rule…

    why not just put ads on te helmets and shoulders like in the worlds + euro leagues?

  16. mattryannolan - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    We can modify this but we can’t take away the trapezoid or modify the delay of game over the boards rule?

  17. redmosquito16 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    As ridiculous as this rule is, the NHL still isn’t nearly as bad as the NFL where each player is inspected prior to each game to ensure they’re compliant with the league’s dress code, a code that includes specifiying the length of a hand towel and the color of their shoes.

  18. amityvillefun - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Wait….so it’s completely fine to BEAT THE SNOT out of someone til they are bloody or get a concussion, but don’t tuck your shirt in?

    The shirt tuck was popularized by Gretzky. It is a part of many players style and identity (Ovechkin, Jagr, Bergeron, to name a few). This rule is completely moronic. It must have been a Bettman idea! REPEAL THIS RULE.

    Agree with posters above…focus on rules that will help player safety.

  19. banger60 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    that’s one less job mommy ovi has to do before the game.

    • babykaby - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:53 AM

      Crosby must have complained (as usual) about players (Ovi) not tucking, that’s why they want to have it enforced now.

  20. blomfeld - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM


    This new rule by the NHL is an absolute ‘no-brainer’ and therefore I say full marks to Bettman and crew for having the fortitude to make this happen. Adhering to a ‘basic’ stipulated dress code in any endeavor, be that at school, work or in the military, is no more of an unreasonable request than asking people to refrain from littering in public. And if certain people are either ‘unwilling or unable’ to comply accordingly, then obviously they need to suffer the appropriate consequences.

    Another aspect to consider is the sheer and unabashed ‘narcissism’ of those like Ovechkin who think that they’re above everyone else, including their very own teammates. A ‘true’ captain or leader will always espouse the notion of ‘one for all and all for one’ at all times and without fail. Therefore if the group or team are to follow certain rules or stipulations, then so should ‘he’ the leader. If he doesn’t, then that by itself indicates that such a person is not a ‘true’ leader and he should be relieved of his command accordingly.

    Esprit de corps: the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group.

    • babykaby - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:00 AM

      Blomfeld, you are not Jim Carey, so stop talking out your ass.

  21. dlk75150 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Let’s make the jerseys down to their knees then won’t have to worry about penalties/ warnings. Whatever what is the reasoning? Oh there is none stupid bs rule. Like there isn’t enough already.

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