Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/24/05 at 08:30 AM ET
Now that the board of governors has approved the National Hockey League's new rules, it's time to take the next step. Figure out how to implement them. To that end, NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell will be convening his competition committee in Toronto this week to work out the whys and wherefores. It's not as easy as it seems. The intent of each new rule is clear, but the way it will be imposed and enforced has to be determined. Take, for example, the shootout. The league confirmed on Friday that it will use that method to settle games that haven't been decided in overtime. It's a popular decision. As Brendan Shanahan, one of the committee members explained, "Nobody said he wanted a shootout, but everybody said he didn't want tie games. This seemed to be the best way to do it." But what shootout format makes the most sense? Each team will use three shooters, but how do you decide which team shoots first? If the score remains tied after those three have taken their shots, the shootout moves to a sudden-death stage. But as recently as Friday, the governors were still debating whether, if a team scored on its fourth shot, the other team, which had shot only three times, would have another chance.
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