Hybrid icing approved for useOctober 1, 2013, by
In case you missed it, the NHL and the NHLPA approved a rule change for this season that implements hybrid icing for use this season. Hybrid icing was used during the preseason, and for all intents and purposes, is a race to the face off dot. If the defenseman wins the race, the play is blown dead. If the forward wins the race, the play will continue. This rule change is to hopefully eliminate injuries like this to Joni Pitkanen, who will miss the entire season with a heel injury from this race.