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The Cateway is giving away passes for two to an advance screening of 

on Tuesday, November 24, at 7 p.m. at Empire City Centre. 

lust come to the Gateway office (3-04 SUB) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
on Monday, November 23. First come, first served. 


Fisticuffs and radical changes highlight the 
Gateways ideas for NHL rule remodelling 

With the recent diatter amongst NHL 
GMs to eliminate headslrots in the game, 
a number of ideas have been bounced 
around about how to improve die game 
across the board. From radical to rough 
stuff, here's a look at some rule changes 
we'd like to see. 

Nathan Liewicki 

Regular season overtime games are 
so intense — why? There's way more 
open ice for players to skate and dangle 
their way into the offensive zone, and 
create chances to win the game. 

Maybe it’s just me, but generally it 
seems tlrat overtime is defined by the 
best hockey players in the world — 
namely Alex “The Great" Ovechkin — 
creating excitement across arenas, in 
bars, and liomes everywhere in a brief 
five-minute frame. 

Who wouldn't want to see unimagi¬ 
nable passes, unbelievable dekes, or 
mind-boggling saves from end to end 
during a full 60 minute affair? 

Therefore, I propose dial the NHL 
adopt the rules of fbur-on-fbur hockey 
throughout tlie entirety of a game, and 
not restrict it to the OT session. Fan 
excitement would blossom, especially 
in smaller markets in the southern 
United States, and teams would likely 
find themselves competing on a more 
level playing field. 

True, traditional hockey minds prob¬ 
ably would despise the idea, but why 
not give it a try and see how rapidly the 
fan base of the league expands? After 
all. Gary Beaman’s dream is to elevate 
the NHl to the financial level of suc¬ 
cess enjoyed by the NR. which enjoys 
a huge annual surplus. 

Four-on-four hockey would undoubt¬ 
edly enhance the excitement of the 
game tenfold. Making the switch from 
five players per side to four would also 
result in more goals, and what fan isn’t 
in favour of more high-scoring hockey 
games? Only goalies would object — 
and. well, too bad for (hem. 

Aloft Pretty 

Tlie one change I’d make to the NHL 

rules is to award three points in the 
standings for a regulation win. Nothing 
ff ustrates me more than when my team 
is fighting for a playoff spot, loses, and 
the out-of-town scoreboard for the key 
game between two teams higher in the 
standings shows “F/OT" or “F/SO". 
Then my guys lose ground on not one, 
but two teams because neither of them 
have the chutzpah to actually finish the 
game in regulation time. 

As slow' as soccer can Ire. I think they 
have the point system right (rugby’s is 
even better, but that’s another article) 
in that they award three points for a 
win. but only one each for a draw. 
They put so much more emphasis on 
a win. which is how it sliould work — 
none of this sissy playing for a tie, or 
overtime. You should l>e playing for the 
win every ga me 

Not only would it open the game up 
late because teams will be pushing for 
that extra point, but ii would also even 
out the paints distributed throughout 
the year — every game will Ire worth 
three points. Thus, die curreni dreaded 
three-point game in the playoff race 
would Ire irrelevant. You could win in 
regulation and even gain some ground 
on a team that wins in extra time 

Finally, it decreases the influence of 
tlie shootout on the standings. While I 
like the excitement of the shootout as 
much as anyone, it really is a glorified 
skills competition and shouldn’t have 
as much influence on die standings as 
it does. Should one team get an extra 
point because the other team missed 
die net on two shots? That’s not earn¬ 
ing the point — that’s having it gift- 
wrapped and handed to you on a silver 
platter. There's a reason tliey don't go to 
the shootout in die playoffs. 

Three points for a win, two and one 
for an overtime win and loss, and noth¬ 
ing for a loss in regulation. Sequential 
and sensible. And it will decrease the 
frustration of fans of middle-of-the- 
pack hockey teams everywhere. 

Bren Cargill 

It seems like a nightly occurrence that 
there’s a star player being injured by 
a vicious, borderline hit. All of this 
began when the NHL entered into 
its rule book sometliing that needs 
to be taken out: the instigator rule. 
Call me old fashioned, but for the 
stars of the NHL to lie protected fully 
on the ice this rule needs to lie alxil- 
ished. Think back to the days of the 
Edmonton Oilers running wild in 

tlie 1980s re-writing the NHl record 
book. Outside of Mark Messier, the 
skill players on the Oilers were small 
guys who needed protection. 

Enter Dave Sernenko, Dave Brown, 
and Marry McSorley, who imposed fear 
in opposing teams which gave guys like 
WayneGrerzky and Paul Coffey room on 
tlie ice. Look at all of tlie great teams that 
tlie NHL has seen post-expansion and 
they've all had intimidating, physical 
players on them. The Islanders had Clark 
Gillies and Boh Nystrom, the Canadiens 
of the 70s had "Butch” Bouchard and 
Larry Robinson, while the P hilad el phia 
Flyers roster contained guys like Dave 
"The Hammer" Schultz and Boh "Mad 
Dog" Kelly. Players like these keep tlie 
opposition in check and allow for the 
star players to put on a show. 

if you want to improve the product of 
the NHL, and give Don Cherry one less 
tiling to complain about on Saturdays 
— get rid of the instigator rule. 

Evan Daum 

Rule changes are a part of any sport 
that wants to remain relevant, popu¬ 
lar, and healthy. Times change, and so 
do sports, making rule changes part 
of a game’s evolution. Hockey, which 
has seen tlie interpretation of its rules, 
more than the actual written rules 
themselves change in recent years (i.e. 
hooking has always been a penalty, but 
its interpretation has been more strin¬ 
gent post-lockout) doesn’t need a mas¬ 
sive overhaul or sweeping changes. 

One thing that the NHl. needs to 
change is the trapezoid behind the goal 
line. The trapezoid, which outlines a 
specific area behind the net in which 
lire goaltender can play the puck, was a 
ridiculously connived rule to eliminate 
goalies from playing the puck, tints 
giving forecheckers a better dunce 
of generating scaring chances. While 
the rule has generated those scor¬ 
ing chances when goalies are caught 
between going to play the puck and 
staying in their net, it's hard to make 
tire arguement drat the number of 
chances that result from the trapezoid 
have outweighed those that could've 
been created by a goalie helping his 
team break out quickly to generate an 
odd-man rush the other way. 

flaying the puck is a skill goalies 
should Ire able to use. Besides, aren't 
there already enough lines out on the 
ice to confuse fans in hockey hot-beds 
like Phoenix? 


Compiled by Matt Pretty 


Pandas Volleyball 

After two comeback wins at Simon 
Fraser, the n umber-four ranked 3 andas 
volleyball squad (7-1) will stay on the 
road this weekend, as they head to 
Regina for a pair of matches against 
the number-live ranked Cougars 
( 5 - 1 ). 

While the sides are evenly matched 
in many areas, the Pandas have a 
distinct edge in team aces. digs, and 
blocks, leading the conference in all 
three. Alberta's <rista Zubick is lead¬ 
ing the way on the net with iust under 
a block-and-a-half per game, includ¬ 
ing an incredible 15 solo blocks already 
this year — nine higher than her near¬ 
est competitor Regina will counter 
with Beth Clark, who is one of the best 
all-around players in Canada West 

First serve for the ladies will be at 5 p.m 
on r ndey and 7 p.m on Saturday. 

Bears Volleyball 

The Volley-Bears (4-2) will shake the 
rust off from their bye weekend and 
also travel to Regina For the first time 
in many students' university careers, 
the Bears will nor go into the weekend 
leading the conference and will not be 
ranked number-one in CIS (they’re cur¬ 
rently ranked number-three). 

However, the 0-6 male Cougars 
ought to provide a welcome tonic for 

Alberta's 3-2 record over their last five 

Regina is in the Canada West 
bottom two in every possible statisti¬ 
cal category except service aces. The 
Bears field three of the top ten block¬ 
ers in the conference in Simon Lidster, 
Spencer Leiske. and Mike DeRocco, 
and their net presence will be a key in 
taking the series. 

The action starts at 7 p.m. on Friday 
and 5 p.m. on Saturday.