September 11, 2014 1 Comment
COMMENTARY: The National Hockey League has announced rule changes for the 2014-15 season, and like many things the league has done over the years, you have to take the bad with the good.
LOS ANGELES — The National Hockey League announced rule changes for the 2014-15 season on September 11, 2014 that are a mixed bag, in terms of likely positive and negative impacts.
Most significant are:
- The “Spin-O-Rama” move will not be permitted for penalty shots or shootouts.
- Crack down on diving/embellishment. Players who are repeat offenders and their head coaches will be subject to an initial warning and increasing fines for subsequent incidents.
- NHL Hockey Operations (the Situation Room in Toronto) has been given broader authority to assist on-ice officials in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals, “…to ensure they are ‘good hockey goals.’”
Of the most significant rule changes, the NHL has given us two good changes along with one bad one.