I was wondering the same thing the other night, and went in search of other's opinions. I didn't really find anything, but I found this paragraph by ESPN's John Buccigross. This column was written during the strike last year. He was writing that the NHL needed to adopt new rules regarding obstruction, clutching and grabbing. His proposal was as follows:
"It's very simple: You have to have position on a man to make contact with any part of your body or stick; otherwise you have to play the puck! You can't ever tug at a man with your stick when he is in front of you. You have to skate and get a shoulder in front of the man to make stick and body contact. That would allow for more speed, more action, more goals and strangely enough, more big hits!"
That standard is probably too strict for the NHL and other professional leagues, but it sure could be used for inline and youth leagues. Think about how much it would open up the game if the only way you could stick check someone is if you were at least even with them.
I sure hope it filters down....but we have all heard this before. "No this time we really, really, really mean it. We are going to clamp down." Let's check back in a few months.
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