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12-01-2010, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Cartsiephan View Post
"The spirit and intent of the USC rule is to keep an acceptable hockey decorum in the game, in this case when a player is screening," Terry Gregson, the NHL's director of officiating, told me Saturday. "This type of act is outside the normal boundaries and needs to be controlled for the good of the game."

This is the crux of the discussion. How does Prongers action actually violate the "acceptable decorum in the game". What this would mean is they knew exactly what Prongers intent was, which means they need to be inside his head at the time of the action. The Avery "rule" is to deter players from those types of actions where he is physically interacting with the goalie and acting in an unsportsmanlike manner. Pronger got slashed on the achilles several times, maybe Pronger was just pointing to the ref to get his attention? Basically a mickey mouse administration running this league, it is bordering on corrupt.
Pronger was ABSOLUTELY sticking his hand there to block Kipper's vision... He looked back to see where Kipper was, and then stuck his hand up at eye level.

If that's how they want the rule enforced, then that's how they want the rule enforced. They claimed that there was some information passed out that suggested that this was how they intended the officials to call it... now, if you want to complain that the ref was late on the call, that's fine. It's also fair to hold the league to continuing to call that play the same way.

However, lets not act like Pronger wasn't trying to block Kipper's vision, because he absolutely was.

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