Looking for an illegal stick
I have a quick question for you in regards to this article.Colin's right in that, with the new curve rules, there haven't been many illegal stick calls (at least that I can recall), but that's not to say there haven't been measurements and penalties.
Since the NHL increased the curve limit from ½ to ¾ post lockout, have there been any penalties issued for an illegal curve?
I can’t think of any off the top of my head. It seems to me that (1) ¾ is a huge curve and I can’t imagine the benefits of using a curve larger than that and (2) I think most players have more of an open face curve (i.e. Ovechkin and Jagr) which would make the curve appear larger than it really is.
Maybe I am missing the boat and Philly was taking the stick for another sort of measurement?— Colin in Pittsburgh
The most famous recent stick measurement was when Ron Wilson used his knowledge of Teemu Selanne's stick width to negate a late-game power play against the Ducks.
"We had an inkling that his stick might be too wide," Wilson said. "When you look at it, it's almost the length of a goalie stick. I was just rolling the dice, and I figured I'd do it in the overtime and it worked."
From the rulebook on sticks:
Rule 10 – Sticks
10.1: The blade of the stick shall not be more than three inches (3") in width at any point between the heel and ½” in from the mid-point of the tip of the blade, nor less than two inches (2"). All edges of the blade shall be beveled. The curvature of the blade of the stick shall be restricted in such a way that the distance of a perpendicular line measured from a straight line drawn from any point at the heel to the end of the blade to the point of maximum curvature shall not exceed three-quarters of an inch (3/4").
10.2: The blade of the goalkeeper’s stick shall not exceed three and one-half inches (31/2'') in width at any point except at the heel, where it must not exceed four and one-half inches (41/2'') in width; nor shall the goalkeeper’s stick exceed fifteen and one-half inches (151/2'') in length from the heel to the end of the blade.Does anyone else recall any stick measurement calls in the past two years?