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People have been complaining for some time now about the current icing rule and how it puts defenseless players in a very dangerous position when going back for the puck.
The new icing would be what I have seen called "hybrid icing" in U15-U18 hockey.
It is similar to lacrosse rules—when a ball is shot at the net and goes over the back line, the team of the closest player to the line when the ball exits play is awarded the ball.
Same situation in hockey.
The puck is shot down the ice, and two players are going after it; if the defensive team player is closest to the goal line, then icing is automatically called, and the play is whistled dead.
If the offensive team is closest to the goal line, icing is waved off and play continues.
Now people will argue that it still leaves room for a player to get completely destroyed in the corner or behind the net.
That may be true, but you have to look at the current rule of icing and when players are getting hit. It is when the puck is already past the goal line and the defensive player reached the puck first.
With this rule the whistle would have already blown, and that problem would not occur.
Is there still a possibility for a player to get hurt? Sure, there always is that possibility with any rule change.
However, I think that this hybrid style of icing would greatly lessen the chance of a player getting injured.