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All These Penalty Shots

Kerry Fraser of TSN responds to numerous questions from readers regarding the penalty shot…

Before I deal with the specifics of each penalty shot infraction you listed, I need to address the second question asked as to changes in what constitutes a penalty shot. The general philosophy or purpose of the penalty shot has not changed over the years, which is to “restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of a foul committed by the offending team” under specific situations.

That being said however, in a desire to increase scoring and capitalize on the fan excitement associated with a penalty shot, the NHL relaxed the criteria and conditions in the rules a few years ago under which a penalty shot would be assessed.

In doing so, it became obvious to every referee that the league wanted more penalty shots to be assessed. As a result, it is unfair to fault the referees for assessing what might have previously been deemed weak calls. Let me explain the changes and you will perhaps understand why more penalty shots are being assessed as a result.

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George Malik's avatar

The thing that frustrates me about these columns is simple: there was an assumption that Fraser might actually dispute the judgment of his fellows when he started writing for TSN, and instead, he’s become a de-facto “situation room,” explaining why even the shakiest of calls are correct 100% of the time. It’s irksome.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/11/12 at 09:24 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

.... in a desire to increase scoring and capitalize on the fan excitement associated with a penalty shot…..


I hear announcers say all the time ,”..a penalty shot…..the most exciting play in hockey!!!...”

That statement is B.S. , and that ridiculous fiasco that is the shootout is proof of that.


The most exciting playin hockey is when a breakaway happens (spontaneously!!) during the course of a game…aka a player coming out of the penalty box and breaking in cold.

That crap which took place in chicago on Sunday night was a embarrassment. For nearly 5 minutes the player selected by quinville skated around before given permission by the officials to skate in and make a lame attempt.

Also, it’s not just a high scoring game that makes this sport great, but a game with lots of Scoring Chances.

Maybe someone should explain this to the idiots running the NHL.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/11/12 at 10:18 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“restore a scoring opportunity which was lost as a result of a foul committed by the offending team”

That right there is the reason that the penalty shots called against Detroit (and likely most of them league wide) are bullshit. The one that Toews was awarded, he was touched on the hand once, didn’t even flinch, and still managed to get off a shot.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 01/11/12 at 10:53 PM ET

JBytes's avatar

I hear announcers say all the time ,”..a penalty shot…..the most exciting play in hockey!!!...”

That statement is B.S. , and that ridiculous fiasco that is the shootout is proof of that.

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you for saying this.  I want to barf every time I hear an announcer repeat that stupid cliché.  There’s exciting about a penalty shot.  There might be drama/suspense, depending on game situation; but that’s about it.

Posted by JBytes on 01/12/12 at 12:17 AM ET

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The thing that frustrates me about these columns is simple: there was an assumption that Fraser might actually dispute the judgment of his fellows when he started writing for TSN, and instead, he’s become a de-facto “situation room,” explaining why even the shakiest of calls are correct 100% of the time. It’s irksome.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/11/12 at 07:24 PM ET


Not always.

Why Edler’s Goal on Howard Should Not Have Counted
http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=383366

Posted by loginimpaired on 01/12/12 at 01:05 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

in a desire to increase scoring and capitalize on the fan excitement associated with a penalty shot…..

Basketball mentality
Don’t be at all surprised when they start handing out penalty shots for icing, puck over the glass, and intentional offsides.
Might just as well start calling them free throws.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 01/12/12 at 01:25 AM ET

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What about the bogus penalty shot they called on Nick Lidstrom in the Chicago game a few weeks ago??? he never touched Toews the replay clearly showed that.

Posted by Jason on 01/12/12 at 03:53 PM ET

Primis's avatar

All this did was reinforce to me that there have been too many penalty shots called.

Posted by Primis on 01/12/12 at 08:13 PM ET

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