Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ice Hockey Rules

CBC sports recently posed an interesting question on their website. What NHL rules would you change or tweak?

There is one rule I have thought was stupid for as long as I have been interested in hockey. When your team is penalized you are allowed to ice the puck.

For those who know little to nothing about hockey, icing is when you shoot the puck from your end of the ice down to the other end. If the other team touches it first it is icing and there is a face off back in your end.

Currently, when a team has a penalty, whether a 2 minute or 5 minute, they can ice with impunity. Play goes on. So, all a penalized team has to do is get possession of the puck and dump it into the other end. It gives them a chance to rest for a few seconds, make changes, and/or get their defense lined back up.

Isn't the whole purpose of a penalty to PUNISH the team for a member breaking a rule? Of course it is. So why punish them on one hand but give them a bonus on the other? If you ice the puck while killing a penalty it SHOULD be called and the face off should be back in your end.

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