Will No-Touch Icing Ever Return to the NHL?

Lisa BoychukSenior Analyst IMay 31, 2010

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 20: Craig Conroy #24 of the Calgary Flames can't beat Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 of the San Jose Sharks to the puck for an icing callduring Game 6 of the 2008 NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals at Pengrowth Saddledome April 20, 2008 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  The Flames defeated the Sharks 2 - 0. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images) ***Local caption*** Craig Conroy;Marc-Edouard Vlasic
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There is only one rule change I've been in disagreeance with since it took place many years ago, even in the "new" NHL.  That change involved the elimination of no-touch icing .

If i remember correctly, they removed the rule to reduce the stoppages of play.  I see no harm in reinstating the rule into the NHL, for a few reasons.

First of all, the obstruction penalties are more frequent than ever and result in many stoppages of play as well as a more one-sided play.

Secondly, there is the delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass in your own zone.  They call these penalties whether it was intentional or not.  This is yet another momentum killer.

Let me remind you of the advantages of the no-touch icing rule.  Icing isn't the only thing it says no to—no injuries .

Don Cherry has been saying it for years—we need this rule to make a comeback.  For those of us lucky enough to catch Coach's Corner on CBC we've seen reminders of the eye-closing type injuries players have sustained for trying to stop an icing call.

Don't you think there is enough fast-pace action in the game?  And what, may I ask, is more important: Keeping a smooth flow to the game, or risking many unnecessary injuries?  This is something the league needs to focus on.  Perhaps they should listen to the fans, and Don Cherry.

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