Player-inspired NHL rules changes
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01-14-2013, 05:59 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Another one for Roger Neilson - goalies HAVE to be the ones in net for a penalty shot, not a defenseman. Neilson used this once as the element of surprise. The rule was adjusted.
It didn't happen right away, but Jacques Plante with the mask in 1959. It is true the last goalie to go maskless in the NHL is Andy Brown in 1974 but the rule today is that if a goalie's mask falls off the whistle is blown.
Mark Howe is probably the singular reason the NHL stopped using the long pipes to keep the net in place after his injury. Now the nets come off much easier.
I really can't track down a singular reason why the NHL implemented the helmet rule for all new players starting in 1979-'80. I know that Larry Robinson and Don Cherry were two prominent names that claimed head injuries would skyrocket with a mandatory helmet rule and..........well, the proof is in the pudding. But I don't know what happened specifically in 1979 for the league to look at it.
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