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by Paul on 11/28/07 at 10:58 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Here’s a suggestion for the governors to chew over before the Pittsburgh Penguins get too far along in their plans for a new building or before the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames complete their construction plans.
Why not allow clubs with new buildings on the horizon to adopt a slightly larger ice surface than the current 200-by-85-foot sheet that is standard in the NHL? The idea of expanding the width by as little as five feet makes sense in an era when players are bigger, stronger and faster. Almost every time someone mentions making the game better, that’s a talking point, that you need to go not necessarily to the international width (100 feet, too wide by some standards), but to 90 feet, just so it isn’t so crowded out there.
This topic was brought up on the NHL Hour yesteday, and there was no mention of altering the ice surface for new buildings. Bettman did say changing the ice surface in current rinks would also change the site lines for the fans in the seats, so no to changing the ice dimensions in current rinks.
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