September 30, 2013 |
Hybrid icing, which was used on an experimental basis in exhibition games, will be adopted for the upcoming season after it was approved on Monday by the NHL Players' Assn. Hybrid icing eliminates potentially dangerous races to the end boards when icing appears imminent. Under the new rule, the linesman must judge whether the offensive player or defensive player would win a race to the faceoff dots and touch the puck first. If the linesman judges that the defensive player would reach the puck first, the play will be blown dead.
September 29, 2013 |
A year ago, the NHL was a few weeks into the third labor stoppage of Commissioner Gary Bettman's reign and fans vowed they would never come back. Now, it's all sunshine and blue skies for the league and a firmly entrenched Bettman. A settlement in January that guaranteed labor peace for at least eight years -- and possibly 10 -- kick-started an intense, 48-game schedule. The 30 teams played to a cumulative 97% of capacity, with 16 teams selling out all 24 home games and 10 more playing to 90% or more of their arena capacity.
July 19, 2013 |
The NHL and its players announced Friday that they have struck an agreement allowing the players to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The men's hockey competition, won in 2010 by Canada on a goal by Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby against the U.S., is scheduled for Feb. 12-23. It will be the fifth consecutive Winter Games with NHL players participating. The Olympics will leave the NHL dark Feb. 9-26. “The NHL features the most international player population in professional sports, and our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a prepared statement.
June 15, 2013 |
Alexander Ovechkin has won his third Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. The Washington Capitals right wing beat out Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and John Tavares of the New York Islanders for the award on Saturday night. Ovechkin also won the Hart in 2008 and 2009. In other awards, announced before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago, Montreal's P.K. Subban won his first Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman. Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets won the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL's top goaltender.
April 12, 2013 |
Maybe it really is as simple as it sounds. That for the NHL and its players, establishing a partnership with the You Can Play project — which fights homophobia and advocates for the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual athletes in sports — was born of fairness and logic and isn't really a big deal. "In talking to the guys and all the rest of it, I think the basic feeling was this is the right thing to do, so we oughta go do it. And that's the motivation," Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Assn., said Thursday.
April 11, 2013 |
Join Times Kings writer Lisa Dillman and hockey Hall of Famer Helene Elliott at 1 p.m. today for a live video discussion of the Kings, Ducks and the NHL. You will be able to ask them questions during the chat, which will take place on this blog post. One of the topics that will no doubt come up is the possible Winter Classic game next season between the Ducks and Kings that may take place in Dodger Stadium. As Elliott wrote earlier this week, "An outdoor game between the Kings and the Ducks, to be played amid the palm trees and history of Dodger Stadium, is moving closer to reality.