Player-inspired NHL rules changes
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01-16-2013, 01:21 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
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...putting too many men on the ice repeatedly (among other things) in the last minute of the game while on a 5-on-3, which resulted in a rule change so that doing so would result in a penalty shot (not sure if that's an NHL rule, but it's definitely an OHL rule)...
Ya, thats an interesting one, and something he started pulling in Peterborough. Down 3 players against 5 in the final 2 minutes of a game, realizing he couldnt face any more penalties but wanting to slow down the action on the ice, every 10 seconds he sent another player out, illegally of course, forcing the ref to blow the whistle, stop play, hold a face-off. Neilson did this repeatedly as you mentioned, along with another nifty trick; throwing whatever onto the ice from the bench also causing stoppages in play, the rules changed thereafter. And so to end-run that little annoyance whenever he could, get plants seated in the building who would deliberately throw things on the ice when signalled to do so; goalies also instructed to dislodge the net from its moorings; doors on his bench that mysteriously wouldnt shut, the hinge busted.... hey, if you didnt do it, cant bust ya for it huh?
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