Rules Committee Retracts Controversial Icing Change
CHN Staff Report
The controversial rule proposal that would call icing even when a team is shorthanded, has been pulled, according to the NCAA.
However, the rule will be experimented with during exhibition games.
The rule proposal, part of a complete package put forth by the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee, was met with fierce opposition when it was announced, leading to the idea being revisited.
All rules have to be formally approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel.
“The committee appreciates the membership feedback and values the opinions of coaches and administrators,” Forrest Karr, outgoing chair of the committee and athletic director at Alaska, said in a statement. “Responses indicate that while several coaches like the concept, there are concerns about the potential for unintended consequences.”
The rule will be in effect for exhibition games for two years, which is the normal cycle for rules changes.
The Oversight Panel meets via conference call July 29 to formalize the various rules changes.