New York, NY (Sports Network) - After experimenting with hybrid icing in the
preseason, the NHL Player's Association has voted to implement the new rule
for the 2013-14 season.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the announcement on NHL Live on Monday.
The rule change is viewed as a way to make the game safer by eliminating the
dangers and potential injuries that may result in the full bore races to the
end boards for the puck.
In hybrid icing, a linesman is tasked with judging the race at the faceoff
dots in the far zone. If the defending player is clearly ahead of the
attacking player, then the whistle will sound and icing will be called.
However, if the attacking player has the edge in pursuit of the puck, the
icing is negated and the play will continue.
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