NHL rules, no "intent to injure" penalty and referee disgression.
posted at 3/14/2010 3:05 PM EDT
I can't find "intent to injure" as a penalty on NHL.com. What ever happened to this rule?
This is frustrating me to pieces, out of the 8,000 threads on Cooke v. Savard hit and another 8,000 articles on TSN and THN and all the rest, no one is mentioning "intent to injure" - and whatever became of it?
I know that Chris Simon got an intent to injure penalty when he stepped on Ruutu.
More on the rules.
This idea that there has to be an explicit rule that says "no hits to the head" is ridiculous for this reason -
You can't possibly foresee anything that any player may ever do to intentionally injure another player - or doing something that is clearly "NOT HOCKEY".
For example, there's no rule against inciting the crowd to lynch someone.
Or is there? Although there is no rule that explicitly says this is illegal, there seems to be a rule that cover it. B) Unsportsmanlike conduct rule 75.175.1 Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Players, goalkeepers and non-playing Club personnel are responsible for their conduct at all times and must endeavor to prevent disorderly conduct before, during or after the game, on or off the ice and any place in the rink. The Referees may assess penalties to any of the above team personnel for failure to do so.
I can't find a penalty against clotheslining someone, there are penalties against the use of hands, fists and elbowing is46.1 Elbowing - Elbowing shall mean the use of an extended elbow in a manner that may or may not cause injury.
So a non-extended elbow - a straight arm using the inside of the elbow - isn't clotheslining
Also - on handling the puck, the rule says67.1 Handling Puck - A player shall be permitted to stop or “bat” a puck in the air with his open hand, or push it along the ice with his hand, and the play shall not be stopped unless, in the opinion of the Referee, he has deliberately directed the puck to a teammate in any zone other than the defending zone, in which case the play shall be stopped and a face-off conducted (see Rule 79 – Hand Pass). Play will not be stopped for any hand pass by players in their own defending zone.
but I've seen it called about one million times where a puck is handled in the offensive zone and UNINTENTIONALLY ends up on a team mate's stick and the play is called for a hand pass.
Also, I don't see how this says you can't carry the puck down the ice with an open hand.
This is far fetched, but to make a point - players are adept at flipping the puck up onto their sticks, what if people start doing that and carrying the puck down the ice with the puck balanced on their modified stick (and also taking advantage of whatever the rule book says about what a legal stick is)?
Would the NHL make a new rule to prevent this and wait for next season to implement this new rule?
Why is it unfair to implement a new rule midseason? To be completely fair about it, I'm not saying retroactively punish Cooke for it, but why would it be unfair to implement the rule midseason?
So I'm saying if you can change the rules of the game, what is the problem with changing the rules mid-season?
And I'm also saying that you have to leave a category so the ref can use his own disgression in making some calls so nothing ridiculous or dangerous can start happening.