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by George Malik on 02/20/07 at 07:30 AM ET
from the Vancouver Province:
Interpretations of NHL hooking infractions are like the Vancouver weather during the monsoon season—grey, foggy and frustrating.
Amid confusion as to what actually constitutes hooking—and the lack of consistency in its enforcement—general managers will discuss a better definition of the penalty before their meetings conclude Wednesday in Naples, Fla.
“What’s happening is guys are making good stick checks and getting penalized,” added [Willie] Mitchell, who’s the least penalized Canuck blueliner with 24 minutes in 44 games. “Stick-on-stick checks with a coming-down motion where you knock it out of the way, I think is fine as long as it’s not up on the hands—I do believe that’s a penalty.
“But the lifting of sticks is not rewarding good play. They’re trying to free up the game and the league wants more offence, but as players all we ever ask for is consistency.”
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