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NHL general managers drop dry scrape of ice surface

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:35:11 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - Saying the process takes too much time, NHL general managers have decided that there will no longer be a dry scrape of the ice surface between the end of regulation and the start of overtime.

The use of ice resurfacing machines to clean the playing surface was implemented at the start of the 2014-15 season with the hope that cleaner ice would help improve the play during overtime.

However, general managers said dry scrape was taking too long and decided to scrap the process during their November meetings.

According to Colin Campbell, NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations, the ice will be shoveled by hand, as is traditionally done during television timeouts starting Saturday.

Campbell said it will be the only ice-cleaning procedure after regulation and there will be no ice-cleaning process before the start of the shootout.

"It's one of the few things that has never worked out," Campbell said. "It hasn't worked out. It's not good for the fans, it hasn't been good for the players."

The general managers also agreed to give Hockey Operations the mandate to stop play immediately if it determines a legal goal has been scored but missed by the officials on the ice.

In the past, the game would continue until a stoppage of play initiated a review. Now, Hockey Operations can stop a play as soon as they confirm the puck has crossed the goal line in a legal manner.

Among the issues that will be tackled in their next meeting in March is the three-on-3 overtime.

The American Hockey League switched to a seven-minute overtime period this year, using 4-on-4 until the first whistle following three minutes of play, and then 3-on-3 for the remaining time this season. That format has resulted in far fewer games reaching the shootout in the AHL .

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