Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/14/05 at 07:58 PM ET
Stephen Walkom wants everyone to know this time it's going to be different. After years of failed attempts at policing hooking and holding, the NHL's new director of officiating insists this crackdown is for real. "It's a big cultural change in hockey," Walkom said Wednesday on a conference call. "All those accepted practices of hooking and holding and poking, and wrapping and continuously cross-checking a player - we're removing them from the game. So when you as a player have them embedded, your response is going to be: 'Whoa."' Walkom sent out a video to teams around the league to illustrate what's going to be called. This year it's by the book. Don't touch a player unless it's a clean check. Keep your stick to yourself. Expect a ton of penalties and power plays in the exhibition season that starts Friday night.
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