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Five Things About Hockey That Need To Be Changed

By Skylar Peters
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Jan 27, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Alex Burrows (14) is escorted to the penalty box during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

  • #3: No Delay of Game Penalty

Even though this call is still in it’s infancy, it has not gained much traction since being implemented. The Delay of Game penalty is assesed like so, according to the NHL rulebook:

"When any player, while in his defending zone, shoots or bats (using his hand or his stick)  the puck directly (non-deflected) out of the playing surface, except where there is no glass, a penalty shall be assessed for delaying the game."

This penalty was implemented to deter players away from shooting the puck over the glass to catch a  breather or get a line change. On paper, it sounds fine, but it has had its struggles in the game. Many of these calls come after a bad bounce or mis-hit, and it has the ability to change games. Referees and linesmen also sometimes miss it catching the top of the glass, or an opponent’s stick, and with no way to overturn the call, it can get coaches and players very upset.

One way to fix this would switch to an icing-like punishment, and not allow the players that cleared the puck to change lines, usually the reason that they cleared the puck in the first place. The opposing team would have an advantage, but not for two whole minutes. The team that cleared the puck would have to regroup, find some energy, clear the puck out of the end, and change quickly. This process could take as little as 10-15 seconds with a faceoff win. Delay of Game is not like tripping, cross-checking, or interference, and it should not be punished like them.

On the lighter side, check out the TSN Hockey panel’s song “Puck Over Glass:”