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Hybrid icing, visors could be law in 2013-14

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BOSTON -- Hybrid icing could be on its way to the NHL.

The league's general managers met Wednesday and embraced many of the changes recommended by the competition committee, including hybrid icing and the mandatory use of visors for all players entering the league.

A blend of touch and no-touch icing that offers referees the discretion to blow a play dead will be in effect during the 2013-14 pre-season. If the experiment is successful, hybrid icing will be implemented for the regular season, pending a vote by the NHL's board of governors.

Mathieu Schneider, a former defenceman who is now a special assistant to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, said both sides should have a better gauge by the end of the preseason whether hybrid icing is likely to pass.

"I'm optimistic," Schneider said. "I've learned more through these meetings, watching videos and getting a better understanding."

The rule is designed to promote safer play, allowing a linesman to blow his whistle if he judges a defending player is likely to reach the puck first.

Also approved Wednesday was the use of shallower nets and video review on four-minute high-sticking penalties. Both will be introduced next season if approved by the board.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 20, 2013 D5

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