Monday, September 11, 2006

Changing the curve

All of the pressure in recent years to do away with a limitation on the curvature of players' sticks seems to have made some progress, The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek wrote in his column over the weekend:
Pending approval from the board of governors next week, the only change will be to the curve of a player's stick blade. Instead of a half-inch curve, the standard since the 1970-71 season, players will be permitted a three-quarters-inch curve, which may make the illegal stick a thing of the past.
A good thing in my books. Now if we can only do away with the silly stick-measuring exercise the NHL had officials going through prior to shootouts last season.

3 Comments:

At 8:30 PM, September 11, 2006, Blogger E Colquhoun said...

Bigger nets, smaller goalie equipment, bigger curves on sticks..guess the NHL is serious about giving fans more goals.

 
At 12:40 AM, September 12, 2006, Blogger joninabox said...

James, I have heard that they are doing away with the measurement rules. Measurement for shootouts will become the same as regulation time: They will only occur if the opposing coach brings it to the refs' attention. I have also heard that a false accusation could result in lost shootout attempts.

 
At 1:41 PM, September 12, 2006, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

The curve limitation is a dinosaur of a rule anyway. It dates back to the late '60s, and was designed to protect the goalies from rising slapshots as players began experimenting with big bananas. Clearly, with the gear the goalies are now wearing and the accuracy of the shooters, this is no longer an issue.

 

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