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NHLPA’s Schneider: GM’s approved competition committee suggestions, hybrid icing a work in progress

Updated 6x at 3:52 PM: Good news from the general managers' meetings per Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika and the CBC's Elliotte Friedman:


Update #2:

Update #3: In text, per TSN:

NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider says all competition committee items forwarded from earlier this month have been approved by the league's general managers.

Hybrid icing, mandatory visors, shallower nets and video review on four-minute highsticking penalties will all be introduced next season, pending approval from the NHL's board of governors.

Five owners and five players reached a consensus to grandfather in mandatory visors, meaning that all current players will still have the choice but incoming ones must continue to wear them as they have in junior, college and in Europe.

The committee also voted to give hybrid icing a trial run during the 2013-14 pre-season, while shallower nets are effective for all of next season. All four-minute high-sticking penalties will be subject to video review, and Rule 81.5 that allows for linesmen to waive off icing on "attainable" passes would be eliminated as well.

General managers Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle and Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider were the team officials on the competition committee, while Ron Hainsey of the Winnipeg Jets, Michael Cammalleri of the Calgary Flames, Cory Schneider of the Vancouver Canucks and David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues represented the players.

Update #4: From NHL.com's Dan Rosen:

Update #5:

Update #6: From NHL.com's Rosen:

Schneider said the GMs were enthusiastic about having visors being mandatory for all players who enter the League beginning next season.

"I think the GMs are real excited about the visors being made mandatory for the rookies coming into the League," Schneider said.

Schneider said players will vote on hybrid icing toward the end of the preseason. If the players like the change, it will go to the NHL's Board of Governors for approval, with the hope that it could be implemented for the start of the 2013-14 regular season.

"I assume we'll know fairly quickly, we'll have a pretty good idea, a pretty good gauge, handle on things," Schneider said. "We get a lot of good feedback from all the player reps on an ongoing basis, so I imagine we'll have a pretty good idea before the end of training camp, before our Board call to decide."

Schneider said the exact definition for hybrid icing and how it will be implemented in the preseason still are being worked on.

"I think that will be an interesting experiment," he said. "I'm optimistic. I've learned more through these meetings watching videos and getting a better understanding, but I think it's really going to give our players an opportunity of what it's like to play and to watch the hybrid. We'll see. If it makes the game safer, it's a great thing."

Among the other recommendations the GMs approved are:

* All double-minor penalties for high-sticking will be subject to video review.

* The League will eliminate the attainable pass, which gave linesmen the discretion to wave off icing infractions on attempted passes that are deemed to be attainable. With the new standard, there must be contact with the stick.

* Beginning next season, the NHL could use nets that are 4 inches shallower. Nets will remain six feet wide by four feet tall, but they will be 40 inches in depth, down from 44 inches.

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SYF's avatar

Jeebus, isn’t hybrid icing already in place in collegiate hockey and in some Euro leagues?  Just watch those games instead of “testing” in trials.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/19/13 at 02:56 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Linesmen will have opportunity to blow play dead if they sense danger, but details are still being worked out

Ah yes, more subjectivity for the refs, that always seems to work out well.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/19/13 at 03:09 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Ah yes, more subjectivity for the refs, that always seems to work out well.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/19/13 at 03:09 PM ET

That’s exactly what I was thinking. The NHL linesmen are among the best officials in sports, and that’s in large part because unlike the NHL refs, the stuff they call is usually objective, and considering the speed of the game, they get it right an incredibly high percentage of the time.

So now let’s put them in an uncomfortable spot where they can “sense” danger and blow plays dead. Great idea.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/19/13 at 03:21 PM ET

Steve in San Francisco's avatar

All this talk of preventing injuries on icing calls, and still not even a discussion on removing the idiotic trapezoid? Let me know when you’re serious, NHL.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 06/19/13 at 03:50 PM ET

pautna's avatar

I have a great idea that will help stop diving. When someone dives, call a penalty. Done. Next!

Posted by pautna on 06/19/13 at 04:34 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

how about the “Hybrid reffing”

Posted by Evilpens on 06/19/13 at 05:13 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) thanks but that was a Fat lazy hanging Curveball just begging to be crushed LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 06/19/13 at 06:05 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

So we will get 3 versions: Hybrid Preseason, Hybrid Regular Season and Hybrid Playoffs. Where do I sign?

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 06/19/13 at 07:20 PM ET

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