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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Compiled by Matt Pretty
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.
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.