Rules Modifications

It’s not much of a problem, but rather fixing a problem. The NHL Board of Governers has recently approved a variety of rule cahnges and modifications, which are listed below.


The maximum curvature of a player’s stick was increased to three-quarters of an inch. Previously, the maximum curvature had been one-half inch.

During regulation time or overtime (but not shootouts), a player found to have a stick curved in excess of that amount would be assessed a minor penalty and a $200 fine for the first offense. A second offense in the same season would be accompanied by a minor penalty, plus a fine of $1,000. A third offense in the same season would draw a game misconduct penalty and an automatic one-game suspension. The suspension would double in length for any subsequent violation in the same season.

During shootouts, an opposing Club may request measurement of a shooter’s stick prior to the shooter’s attempt. If the stick is found to be legal, the complaining Club would forfeit its next shootout attempt and the player listed for the challenging Club’s next attempt would not be permitted to participate until all other eligible players have participated. The Club would be fined $5,000 and the Club’s coach would be fined $1,000. If the stick is illegal, the offending player would become ineligible to participate in the shootout and the Club would forfeit that shootout attempt. The Club would be fined $5,000 and the player would be fined $1,000.

The Board also approved enhanced measures against “diving” and embellishment of actions in the attempt to draw a penalty. The first such infraction would result in a warning letter being sent to the player or goalkeeper. A second infraction would be accompanied by a $1,000 fine. A third infraction would result in a telephone hearing with the Director of Hockey Operations and a possible one-game suspension. The length of the suspension would double for any subsequent violation.

The Board also approved a rule change that will give the home team the choice of shooting first or second in the shootout.

Personally I believe that the change of curveture is going to have a dramatic impact on the game. The rules about measurement are somewhat irrelevant and it is more than likely no team will chalenge the curveture in a shootout. The diving crackdown will improve the game as well, but will dramatically impact the number of penalties called during the year. The shootout choice for the home team is interesting, but I believe thatit will not impact the game that much.

9 Responses to Rules Modifications

  1. Marky2Fresh says:

    Ohhhhh $200 fine LOL That’ll teach em

  2. nurhachi says:

    I can’t believe that the delay of game rule is still enforced. I still think its stupid to give an automatic penalty for shooting the puck over the glass while in the defensive zone. The penalty should be no line change, like it is in icing.

  3. my_sphincter says:

    I agree 100%

  4. goalieman32 says:

    yea, the fines wont help that much, but the fear of suspension will be useful. coaches will preach to their players not to dive and use illegal sticks, especially to top players. coaches wont want their players off the ice for diving. an example of who would be effected is forsburg. while the fine is minimal, the 3 strikes and your suspended is a good deterant

  5. TheDugg1er says:

    i know it’s so stupid. I guess they should call it if it looks like they try to shoot it out but 95% of the time it’s an accident. I also don’t like how goaleis can’t play the puck in the corners. My belief is if they are confident about playing it let them, because if they screw up it will most likely end up as a goal.

  6. Kraut182 says:

    I’ll believe they’re trying to crackdown on diving when I see it, but I’m doubtful after watching an interview with Bettman during the playoffs where he basically said, “If we call our players on diving, then we make them look bad publicly. We don’t want bad PR for our players and our product.” and “Sometimes players have to embelish things in order to get the refs to acknowledge the penalties being commited.”

    Reason # 6547 why Bettman is an idiot who shouldn’t be in charge of the NHL: He defends diving.

  7. FlamingHomer says:

    After watching a lot of World Cup soccer (football outside of Canada and the US) I’m all in favour of clamping down on the diving. If hockey ever becomes as theatrical as that, I would be embarassed to be associated with the sport in any capacity. The trick is, being able to distinguish between an actual infraction and an embellished dive. Sometimes it’s a bit of both.

  8. ObjectiveImpartiaL says:

    did you watch the olympics last yrar???? The amount of times the puck went over the net was huge. I would love to see the stats on how many less pucks went over the boards last year. I would guess cluss to a tenth.

  9. 2buxaslice says:

    I just want them to get rid of the over time loss point. They put that rule in cause too many teams were playing for ties. Now there are no ties so that rule should be eliminated. It doesn’t make sense that teams get a point just because they lost later than other teams.

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