You think they just make up rules instead of enforcing the ones they already have. I just don't think that's how the NHL GMs and Board of Governors think. They did that, I think, because they thought it was giving players an unfair advantage and goes against the idea of a faceoff being with a stick instead of with a player's hand. It can also leave hands vulnerable to slashes. GMs wanted reviews of 4 minute double minor high sticks and jerseys to be tucked in - who knows what they are thinking sometimes? Scotty Bowman wants something called a ringette line put above the faceoff dots after which two line passes are legal so that players can't pass the puck from their goal line to the opponent's blueline. Why? How is this a problem? How often does this happen in a game, or how often is this attempted? Almost never, but a guy who won a billion Stanley Cups gets real annoyed when someone manages to complete a pass like this. I think GMs have pet peeves about this stuff, they bring it up to one another, if there's a consensus and they can convince people, it goes into the game. Again, once players learn not to use their hands on faceoffs, the penalty will simply vanish in the same way that the trapezoid almost never matters. It'll be 20 power plays in a league where there's 9000+ called a year. I bet there weren't more than 50 of those called last year.
No, but the Internet was much smaller in 2004. I couldn't immediately have access to people watching every game, as I can with Twitter, and now people track things. I think, as I said above, that if we went back and watched games from that era we'd see more intentional clears than you think. I imagine it was such an ingrained part of the game that we never questioned it.
I can't imagine that many GMs thought using a hand on a faceoff was such a big deal that they needed to make it a minor penalty. I have never in my life heard anyone complain about that at any level of hockey. Even if they did want to eliminate it, why does it need to be a penalty? Why not just make it like every other faceoff violation--just redo the draw but with the center getting kicked out and if he does it enough times, then give him a penalty?
Here's some example scenarios:
1. Two players in a race are too close to see who's ahead at the dots.
Outcome: Icing not waived off and race for puck continues like we've seen in past years.(This is what kinda makes the rule a little odd to me, as this is the scenario in which people could be injured.)
2. Defending player is ahead at the dots.
Outcome: Play blown dead, icing called.
3. Attacking player is ahead at the dots.
Outcome: Icing waived, play continues? Might just be that they don't waive it and let the attacking player just touch it to negate it, but either way, result is the same.
Pretty sure that's how it works. Someone correct me if I missed something.
This is what I was wondering about as well, but I saw an instance in one of last night's games where the linesman waved it off when the players were around the hash marks. Assuming he called it correctly, it seems like there is no longer a race for the puck, so it actually does seem to eliminate the dangerous plays with guys jostling for position while skating full speed towards a wall since, as Triumph pointed out, they will slow down to play the puck like a normal dump-in.
Edited by devilsfan26, 03 October 2013 - 12:50 AM.