May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL referee Dan O

GM’s Approve Rule Changes

National Hockey League General Managers have approved the introduction of hybrid icing, mandatory visors, shallower nets, and video review on four-minute high-sticking penalties. All items still need approval from the NHL’s Board of Governors before becoming official.

Visors will be grandfathered in for next year, which means anyone currently in the league still has a choice on whether or not to wear one, but players entering the NHL from junior, college or Europe will be now required to put one on.

Hybrid icing is going to get a trial run during the 2013-14 pre-season, but shallower nets will come into play for the entire campaign. This should create a little more room for players behind the goal.

Using video review on high-sticks should hopefully eliminate many debates of whether or not a player was actually clipped.

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