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NHL approves two rules changes - Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy

Any time a player places his hand over the puck while it is on the ice in order to conceal it from or prevent an opponent from playing the puck, a minor penalty shall be assessed for "closing his hand on the puck." When this is done in his own team's goal crease area, a penalty shot shall be assessed (67.4) or a goal awarded (67.5).
Both players facing-off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off. Any attempt by either center to win the face-off by batting the puck with their hand shall result in a minor penalty. This penalty shall be announced as a "Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Face-off Violation." Once the face-off is deemed complete (and winner of the face-off is clear), hand passes shall be enforced as per Rule 79.

I like the first rule change. Another reason for a penalty shot. Life just got tougher for the defense and Goalie.

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Anyone care to explain the 2nd rule? Just that you can swat the puck with your hand in the faceoff? Also re: the first rule, dunno about awarding a goal. Would it have to be one of those cases where the puck is clearly under someone's hand across the goal line but the "puck can't be seen"? (aka common sense?)

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#2....why? What a dumb rule.

#1 so did defensive zone hand passes just become illegal because it sounds like your going to be playing Russian roulette everytime you attempt a hand pass now with our blind ref's.

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