Re: Are You Serious With This Call??
posted at 3/14/2012 7:32 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Are You Serious With This Call??
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Are You Serious With This Call?? : Totally agree or at least if the player purposely moves his skates to angle a puck in deliberately the goal should be disallowed but by saying a distinct kicking motion leaves way too much to the discretion of the refs and/or off ice officials. That is why on this ruling sometimes the same type ok kicking motion on one night it's a goal and on another night it' not.
Posted by BsLegion[/QUOTE]
What bothers me is that the spirit of the original rule was to keep players from winding up and booting the puck - and end up kicking the goalie's head like they're going for a field goal.
They are going down a slippery slope with redirecting the puck with your foot because now it's not far removed from an outright kick - imagine a goalie going down to stop a puck and a forward tied up with a defenseman is going to try to get his foot in for the "redirect" - or deflection is more like it.
And actually, if you think about it, the "distinct kicking motion" does apply to the "hockey stop kick", you are skating into the puck. It is actually more of a kick then a deflection because the player's feet are in motion toward the puck, but you can only do that with skates on.
This might sound ridiculous, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a player slide toward goal like a baseball player sliding into second looking for his team mate to shoot it in off of him. Not pass it - but actually shoot it off his shinpads.
To simplify it, there must be no intention to redirect the puck with anything but your stick, and the benefit of a doubt should go to the defense. If the puck is in your field of vision and it goes in off your foot - no goal.
If they are allowing this, why not let someone deflect the puck in with their hands?
This is bad. They will wait until someone gets kicked in the head and then they will visit the rule again. Or the game will get ridiculous with people trying to head the puck into the goal like soccer.