Last edited by Puckdrop14; 02-15-2018 at 08:57 PM.
Imagine this, what would have happened the other night if Finland would have stopped skating (notwithstanding that that might be a bad "strategy" and might be one thing the US would be looking for in order to pounce) but stayed in their end watching the US put on a cycling show in the neutral zone. Without seeing what they were looking for how long would the US continue the cycling?...2 minutes?, 3 minutes?, 5 minutes?, 7 minutes?, until the buzzer went to end the period? At what point, if there is a point and that is the essence of my question, does the ref think that he/she needs to get the game moving along and dispense with the passing clinic? Does the crowd have to start booing and throwing cold dogs and warm beer on the ice? If this went on indefinitely would the ref feel compelled to act? Would the ref even have the discretionary power/authority to act?
Again, these are questions...I don't know the answers if in fact there even are answers that can be gleaned from the rule book.
The standing around in your own end watching the passing clinic might even be an effective counter strategy.
I'll interrupt this p***ing match with something actually interesting and relevant to the discussion:
NCAA Ice Hockey rules:
76.2 Advancing Puck - Except to carry the puck behind its goal once, a team in possession of the puck in its own defending zone must advance the puck toward the opposing goal, unless it is prevented from so doing by players of the opposing team.
PENALTY—For initial violation, play shall be stopped and a faceoff conducted at either end-zone faceoff spot adjacent to the goal of the team causing the stoppage, and the referee shall warn the captain of the offending team of the reason for the faceoff. For a second violation by any player of the same team in the same period, a minor shall be assessed to the offending player.
I have never seen a warning for it, let alone a penalty, but it is the rules book and has been for decades. However, I did not find the same rule in the IIHF Rules Book.
If there is ever going to be a rule where the offensive team must "advance the puck" then there will need to be a matching rule where at least one player on the defensive team must forecheck the puck. That would be a way of putting in a system of checks and balances for this type of situation.
The other problem is that ". . . advance the puck toward the opposing goal . . ." is an amazingly broad concept. Unless you literally just stand there, as the Philadelphia player does in that video, you will at various times be advancing the puck towards the opposing goal.
". . . prevented from so doing by players of the opposing team," is also really broad. You aren't required to skate the puck into the teeth of the other team's defense. A team regrouping with the puck is trying to produce and find holes in the other team's coverage. That other team is preventing them from advancing on terms that they find favorable. So, they'll keep moving the puck around until they find an opening.
The reason you've never seen this called is because you've never seen anyone commit it.
Last edited by Eeyore; 02-16-2018 at 04:29 AM.
However, it does not appear to be an IIHF rule. So, though fascinating to learn it is a rule in some form of hockey (though impossible to call other than the going behind their own net more than once), we don't have to worry about it in the Olympics.
[Former] SUNYAC Correspondent
U.S. College Hockey Online
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