proposed new rule- Bear Hug

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is convinced a good hug may go a long way to curbing a constant safety issue in the NHL – hitting from behind…. the solution, is BEAR HUGS! Burke is lobbying the league to allow what he calls a “bear hug,” where a player, usually a defenseman, is allowed to wrap his arms around the targeted player, for a fleeting moment, while he takes him into the boards.

The Leafs General Manager cites Lightning defenceman Matt Lashoff‘s hit Wednesday night on Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko as a timely example. According to Burke, once Lashoff committed to the hit, he didn’t have time to turn out of it. However, had he been able to hold on to Fedotenko, even for a split second, the threat of injury would have been greatly reduced. Burke has pitched this idea before and the league admits it may be time to take another look at it.

3 Responses to proposed new rule- Bear Hug

  1. Kramer says:

    The Winnie the pooh rule.

  2. Kyleton says:

    It will work in some situations. We did that when playing pick up hockey etc, where we were not trying to lay hits but contact could not be avoided.

  3. HABSSTAR says:

    This could help, but so would calling the rules that are already there, like charging, boarding, and interference when a guy gets hit 4-5 seconds after dishing the puck. 

    That and start teaching kids now that finishing your checks isn't an excuse for a dangerous or late hit.  "I was just finishing my check" is going to become the new "I was just following orders"

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