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Review Of The New Rules

via NHL.com (a look at some of the other rules too inlcuding video),

Rule 67 – Handling Puck implements a minor penalty for use of the gloved hand to "conceal" the puck or prevent an opponent from playing it. Rule 76 – Face-Off implements a minor penalty for a player taking a face-off using his hand to direct the puck.

Rule 67 - Handling Puck

67.2 Minor Penalty – Player

A player shall be permitted to catch the puck out of the air but must immediately place it or knock it down to the ice. If he catches it and skates with it, either to avoid a check or to gain a territorial advantage over his opponent, a minor penalty shall be assessed for "closing his hand on the puck."

New, approved wording in italics:

Any time a player places his hand over the puck while it is on the ice in order to conceal it from or prevent an opponent from playing the puck, a minor penalty shall be assessed for "closing his hand on the puck." When this is done in his own team's goal crease area, a penalty shot shall be assessed (67.4) or a goal awarded (67.5).

A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who, while play is in progress, picks up the puck off the ice with his hand.

Rule 76 - Face-off

76.4 Procedure - Centers:

Both players facing-off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off. Any attempt by either center to win the face-off by batting the puck with their hand shall result in a minor penalty. This penalty shall be announced as a "Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Face-off Violation." Once the face-off is deemed complete (and winner of the face-off is clear), hand passes shall be enforced as per Rule 79.

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42jeff's avatar

No more swatted face offs?  Good grief….

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/18/13 at 08:42 PM ET

Paul's avatar

The only problem Jeff is teams use that type of faceoff, late in the game in their defensive zone while trying to protect a one goal lead. Five seconds to go, they still may use it and take the penalty.

In my opinion, they should have taken it a step further and said the clock will reset to the time left before the faceoff.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/13 at 08:46 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

So long as they continue to insist on mostly calling diving in conjunction with an offsetting minor penalty, there won’t be a sufficient disincentive for players to dive.  If this is their idea of a ‘crackdown’, I’m not impressed.

Posted by Savage Henry on 01/18/13 at 10:28 PM ET

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