Player-inspired NHL rules changes
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01-13-2013, 12:23 PM
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rule: After Terry Sawchuk is injured during a televised game in the mid-60s, the game is delayed for several minutes while Detroit gets the relief goalie Champoux out of the stands and dressed in his equipment. After this, the NHL made a rule that teams had to have two goalies dressed for each game.
rule: After the 1999 Cup-winning goal controversy, the league amends the crease rule so that a player being in the crease doesn't invalidate the goal if he's not interfering with the goalie.
rule: During a playoff game when Montreal scored an early goal against Boston, every Montreal player came off the bench to congratulate the goal scorer. So Cherry sent every Bruin off the bench to support Gerry Cheevers. The referee told the two coaches to stop, and the next season the league ruled there would be a delay of game penalty for players leaving the bench immediately after a goal.
rule: After Orlando accidentally high-sticked Charlie Simmer in the eye, Bostom GM Harry Sinden was very vocal about how Orlando wore a visor, and it was a sign of how players with visors were careless with their sticks. So the NHL briefly had a rule that players who wore face shields would get an additional minor penalty in those situations.
I'm not sure which coach it was (Al Arbour maybe?), but the NHL eliminated the few minutes teams would get to take some practice shots to warmup a new goalie who had just entered a game, when it became obvious that the coach was making quick goalie substitutions just to give his team a rest.
I think the rule giving a team a bench minor if a penalized player didn't go straight to the penalty box was aimed at Fred Shero and Dave Schultz.
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