John Grigg recently posted his Top10 list of rules changes that changed hockey. Among them are the advent of video replay, icing and the mandatory wearing of helmets. Topping Grigg’s Top 10 list was the introduction of the forward pass in 1929.
Gotta admit…it’d be kinda tough to play/watch ice hockey without players being allowed to pass the puck up-ice.
As you can see, rules changes have been a part of the game pretty much since the game has been around. Recently, there were a number of rules changes that have shaped the NHL game in the post-lockout era. Two-line passing was permitted and players having to remain on the ice after icing the puck were two changes I personally like the most.
That stupid trapezoid behind the net, well, I don’t much care for that at all. If goalies have the skill and ability to play the puck in the corner, why take that away from them? Also, I still am not a big fan of the shootout. I just don’t like having the outcome of a team sport determined by an individual skills competition. However, I recognize I’m in the minority opinion there and given that it is a hit with the NHL masses, it shall remain.
With that said, I will now ask you to put a little cerebral activity to the rules of NHL hockey and come up with one…just one… thing you would change if you had the ability to do so. Whether it be to eliminate a current rule, change a current rule or add something new altogether…what do you feel needs to be tweaked a bit to make an already exciting sport just that much better?
Would you change the overtime rules…maybe adding an extra five minutes before going to the shootout?
Would you go back to power plays lasting the full two minutes, regardless of how many goals might be scored? That’s the way it was done before 1956.
How about not being able to ice the puck when you’re killing a power play?
Maybe you think touch-up icing is too big a risk for injury. Thus you would push for no-touch icing, the whistle is blown once the puck crosses the red line.
Or would you advocate something as radical as changing the size of the goal, maybe larger to allow for more scoring? I wouldn’t, but I’m sure there are some among us that might like to see that.
Me…what I would do away with is that silly trapezoid rule that the league has experimented with for the last five seasons. Like I said, let the netminders play the puck in the corners if they see fit.
That…or maybe I’d like to see refs have to make a public apology to the crowd if they blow a call. You know, like they do in Japan with baseball umpires.