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What if Setoguchi Punches Kronwall in the Face?

05/10/2011 at 4:37pm EDT

Kerry Fraser has been answering rulebook questions on TSN.ca lately, and I’ve learned some interesting things. But today’s questions (about the rules which govern substitutions after an icing), lead to a strange what-if example from Fraser:

Let’s say it’s a game between Detroit and San Jose and the Red Wings ice the puck. No line change has been allowed to the offending team (Wings) and the faceoff is set to the left of Jimmy Howard. Prior to the drop of the puck, Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi punches defenceman Niklas Kronwall in the face as the two players jostle on the side wall. Setoguchi receives a roughing minor for the punch.

So now what happens? This kind of surprised me. Answer below:

Both teams are now allowed to make player substitutions due to a change in numerical strength. The new faceoff location however will be moved all the way down the ice into the San Jose Sharks end zone faceoff spot to the right of Antti Niemi. The reason for this is that the infraction called on Setoguchi occurred after the play was stopped for the icing.

If and when this should happen, you now have the ammunition to win the trivia bet.

So now you know.

No wonder hockey players are so often beaking off at each other when lining up for faceoffs… they’re daring someone to punch them in the face.

That might explain Sean Avery’s entire career.

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