A) don't miss this post by Vic over at IOF - absolute gold
B) great 'history was, history is' post over at Lowetide's
C) CIO discusses various rule changes he would like to see and in that spirit I include a few comments of mine own (below).
Immediate Rule Changes in the world of YKOil:
1) Player helmets have to be properly strapped on. Failure to do so is an automatic 2 minute penalty.
Safety first. This is a no-brainer. Pun intended.
2) No touch icing at the plane of the goal line.
--- if the puck passes the plane of the goal line and there is no apparent pursuit of the puck** it is whistled down as automatic icing
--- if pursuit of the puck is apparent and the defenseman reaches the plane of the goal line first the whistle blows and it is automatic icing.
--- if pursuit of the puck is apparent and the forward reaches the plane of the goal line first then playcontinues on
Pursuit of the puck is a rule of thumb term best given in the form of two rhetorical questions:
a) Is there a player(s) chasing the puck?
b) Is the players(s) in question able to overtake the puck before it hits the boards?
If the answer to either question results in a 'no' response then there is no apparent pursuit of the puck. Should speed up the game and result in markedly fewer injuries while sltill allowing the odd foot-chase to occur.
3) Change the goal posts. Not the shape or size of the net - just the goal posts.
--- I have attached a crude drawing (above) to this post that shows what I am aiming at. Admittedly I am not the greatest student of physics and geometry but even I know that the half-post concept would result in fewer pucks deflecting away from the goal line.
--- in this age of high-tech metal composites I do not believe that shrinking the post would result in dramatically weaker net frames.
--- an important side benefit is that a 1 inch shave would result in an extra 168 inches of open net (just over 1 square foot)
More net to shoot at, more shots counting for goals and a committment to the traditional dimensions of the frame... what's not to love?
So there you have it - were I commish for a day those would be my changes.
Have a great evening everyone. See you in a week.