Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 05/10/11 at 03:37 PM ET
Kerry Fraser has been answering rulebook questions on TSN.ca lately, and I’ve learned some interesting things. But today’s questions (about the rules which govern substitutions after an icing), lead to a strange what-if example from Fraser:
Let’s say it’s a game between Detroit and San Jose and the Red Wings ice the puck. No line change has been allowed to the offending team (Wings) and the faceoff is set to the left of Jimmy Howard. Prior to the drop of the puck, Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi punches defenceman Niklas Kronwall in the face as the two players jostle on the side wall. Setoguchi receives a roughing minor for the punch.
So now what happens? This kind of surprised me. Answer below:
Both teams are now allowed to make player substitutions due to a change in numerical strength. The new faceoff location however will be moved all the way down the ice into the San Jose Sharks end zone faceoff spot to the right of Antti Niemi. The reason for this is that the infraction called on Setoguchi occurred after the play was stopped for the icing.
If and when this should happen, you now have the ammunition to win the trivia bet.
So now you know.
No wonder hockey players are so often beaking off at each other when lining up for faceoffs… they’re daring someone to punch them in the face.
That might explain Sean Avery’s entire career.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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