NHL General Managers Meeting: Hybrid Icing and Player Safety Positive Steps

March 16th, 2012 by Adam Graham Leave a reply »
There’s no question that hockey wouldn’t have evolved to the wonderful sport it is today if it wasn’t for change and adaptation, which is the main purpose behind the annual NHL general managers meeting.

In order to make hockey at its highest level become more enjoyable for the fans and safer for the players, the GMs of all 30 teams meet once a year to discuss a number of topics that might improve the game. Potential rule changes are always a hot-button topic at these meetings, and this year was no exception.

Specifically, hybrid icing was the biggest rule change that was discussed by the GMs earlier this week in Boca Raton, Florida, and in the end, it was the only change they were all united on.

As a result, the GMs will now be able to make a recommendation to the competition committee and ultimately seek the Board of Governors' approval in order for this new rule to be implemented next season.

So what exactly is hybrid icing?

Well, as the term "hybrid" suggests, it’s a combination of two different versions of the icing rule. There’s the way icing is currently called in the NHL, which ...

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