July 12, 2010

Icing Rule Frozen

Filed under: Uncategorized — ruleswatch @ 7:57 pm

Hockey Notes …By Fluto Shinzawa Boston Globe July 11, 2010

[US University sports regulator] NCAA icing won’t be killed

Last Thursday, ..the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee axed a change that would have prevented teams on the penalty kill from icing the puck. The tweak will only be allowed in exhibition games during the next two seasons. “Responses indicate that while several coaches like the concept, there are concerns about the potential for unintended consequences,’’ committee chairman Forrest Karr said in a statement. “By using the rule in exhibition games over the next two seasons, the committee will have more concrete information.’’ The proposed change, included in a series of tweaks, was presented by the committee earlier this summer. The primary explanation was to address the hypocrisy inherent in allowing icing, which is forbidden during even-strength play, when killing a penalty. By introducing the change, the theory was that it would lead to more scoring chances for the power play, and perhaps prevent penalties from occurring in the first place because of the punitive nature of the no-icing approach.


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